Visual Pollution: its correlation with stress

During the last decade pollution has had more attention for its effects on water, land and air, however, the negative impact that a messy environment could have on all of us is surprisingly common. Some visual pollutants that degrade the quality of our communities could...

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During the last decade pollution has had more attention for its effects on water, land and air, however, the negative impact that a messy environment could have on all of us is surprisingly common.

Some visual pollutants that degrade the quality of our communities could be trash and litter on roadsides, messy properties, above-ground power and communications transmission lines, communication towers, intrusive and objectionable advertising signage and other forms of visual impairments.

Studies show that architecture and psychology are correlated to people’s quality of life but it is often dismissed as a policy issue because it is difficult to measure and depends on people’s tastes.

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In an attempt to develop criteria by which to judge the visual effects of being positive or negative, doctors explains emotions that result from a negative visual influence as an increase in the secretion of adrenaline, which raises the acidity of the stomach and rapid the heart rate, and thus speed irritability and stress. Doctors also explains emotions that result from a positive visual influence as a sense of beauty that increases the secretion of cortisone in the body, and this natural cortisone reduces the feeling of pain, especially for those who suffer from rheumatic diseases.

On the other hand, continuous exposure to the manifestations of visual pollution leads to the destruction of the centres of human aesthetical taste especially for children, and then they get used to their reality and cripple the ability for correcting it. Children who are deprived of interesting visual environment in their early years do not grow their minds programmed correctly nor scheduled to deal with a lot of maturity problems. Places that lack to visual beauty, order and harmony reduce the population’s ability of solving problems, and acquire a sense of hostility.

 Beautiful, harmonised and organised environments are likely to make us feel responsible towards maintain its quality and give us a sense of belonging and comfort. In other words, it makes us feel happier.

Image credit: Consumer Instinct.

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