The Effects of Population Density and Noise
October 22, 2012
Population density and noise has an effect on individuals in many different ways. When an individual’s privacy, territory, personal space has been infringed upon by another or the chronic to short-term noise has an effect on an individual that ranges from simple annoyance to severe intrusive anxiety- producing illness (Straub, 2007). As the population density increases every year, an individual personal space, privacy, and territory have been encroached. As a result, there has to be some accommodations to meet the demands to prevent the psychological effects of crowding to prevent anxiety, frustrations, and aggression.…show more content…
Perception is the revealing component of population density. For example, if there is enough space perceived the effect of crowding diminishes. Therefore, the perception of space is as important as providing more space. The crowding effects of population density are not inevitable, and perhaps designing space in such a way to appear bigger than it actually is can have an affect psychological crowding (Straub, 2007). In any event, mitigating the perception of crowding is of consequence as space becomes a limited resource, and perceiving ample space has far reaching effects on subjective well-being and health (Straub, 2007). When the individual perceives that there is ample space, they often report the feeling of a stronger sense of control over their environment and are less prone to anxiety and stress (Straub, 2007).
The Effect of Nature on Individuals Living in Urban Environments Areas that are managed in natural settings such as parks, zoos, and reserves help create support and social context for interactions with nature. Not only do these managed areas provide interactions, but helps nurture an environmental identity that is inhibited in urban living situations. The natural settings that are found within the urban living areas encourage a perception that people should convene with nature. Maller et al. (2005) refers to the belief that was promoted during the Civil War which claimed that the influences of the natural environment has an effect on people’s