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The Social Isolation and Its Impact on Subjective Well-being in the Perspective of Spatio-temporal Behavior

Authors: Suhong Zhou*, Sun Yat-Sen University, Jiting Zhang, Zhuhai Urban Planning & Reseach Institute
Topics: Urban Geography, Social Geography, China
Keywords: Social isolation; Spatio-temporal bahavior; Subjective well being
Session Type: Paper
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Social isolation has been concerned for decays, previous researches mostly focused on residential segregation, but less to test the isolation embedded in daily spatio-temporal behavior. According to social network theory, the higher possibility that one meet others different from themselves, the higher possibility that weak tie can be generated to accumulate social capital, and lead to lower social isolation. Based on the data of mobile phone, questionnaire, urban POI, and the sixth census data collected in Guangzhou, China, a method to measure social isolation was constructed from the perspective of spatio-temporal behavior, and the impacts of individual social isolation on subjective well being was explored. The spatio-temporal isolation degree of residents was measured by the proportion of individual’s daily activity trajectory and the exposure in different social environment defined by the data fusing of mobile phone big data and census data. The results show that social status, social capital and social network have relationship with social isolation. Spatio-temporal isolation has some positive impact on subjective well being.

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