Using social media to measure air pollution’s psychological toll


People are less happy on days when the air is more polluted,
according to an analysis of 210 million posts on the Chinese social
media site Sina Weibo. Researchers have suspected air pollution
takes a psychological toll generally, and dirty air due to
industrialization, coal burning, and motor vehicles has become a
drag on well-being for Chinese city dwellers. But these effects are
difficult to measure. That’s where Weibo, the Chinese version of
Twitter, comes in. An international team of researchers analyzed
posts made between March 1 and November 30, 2014 and geotagged in
144 different Chinese cities. They used specialized…


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Using social media to measure air pollution’s psychological toll