In a country where selfies are commonplace, many people have a preference for taking selfies outdoors.
The same can be said of a country like Indonesia.
But a new research has shown that even though people love taking selfies indoors, they’re far from immune to outdoor pollution.
A study by a team from the University of Adelaide and the University and University of Queensland, has found that outdoor air pollution can negatively affect the health of many people in Indonesia.
“The environmental health impacts of outdoor air pollutants, such as outdoor air quality and indoor air pollution, are likely to be underestimated because of the high cost of monitoring,” the authors said in their study.
“There is a high prevalence of exposure to outdoor air and the potential for environmental health effects, but we do not know how often exposure to these pollutants occurs.”
The researchers, led by Dr Robert Ainsworth from the Australian National University’s School of Environment, concluded that it was “unlikely” that the public would be exposed to outdoor pollutants from coffee shops.
“It is likely that the prevalence of outdoor pollution will increase if there is an increase in coffee shop usage, and that the air quality in the cafes will also become worse,” Dr Ainsbury said.
“This will mean that people in these cafes will have a higher risk of health issues, including asthma and heart problems, than people who are not in cafes.”
Dr Ainsfield said coffee shops could be a good place to do outdoor photography, but the public’s exposure to indoor air was unlikely to be as good.
“People who are working indoors will be exposed more than those who are outside,” he said.
It’s a message the authors of the study say could help reduce the air pollution caused by coffee shops in Indonesia, which has become a hot spot for air pollution since a new generation of Indonesians began growing up.
The study’s lead author, Dr Rene Dominguez from the Department of Environmental Studies at the University, said the findings were particularly interesting because they were “very much in line with our expectations” about the health impact of indoor pollution.
“We had assumed that people would be more sensitive to indoor pollution, but these results are consistent with what we expected to see,” he told News24.
“Indonesia is a very densely populated country with a large population living in densely populated areas.”
Our results show that we should expect more people to live in coffee shops than in the rest of the city, where we expected indoor air to be the same.
“Dr Domingue added that the study could help improve the country’s health by helping to inform how to mitigate indoor pollution from coffee houses.”
In general, our aim is to help reduce air pollution in Indonesia so that people can breathe better and avoid getting sick,” he added.