Volume 11, Issue 44 ( Summer 2023)                   Haft Hesar J Environ Stud 2023, 11(44): 129-149 | Back to browse issues page

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Introduction: In the latter half of the 20th century, it was recognized that good urban spaces must
provide opportunities for social interaction and communication. This was deemed essential for the
survival of cities. However, the advent of social media and mobile communication has gradually
shifted the focus away from physical presence and towards the content and nature of cities.
Information and communication technologies have become pervasive in human life, yet their impact
on human presence and behavior in urban spaces is often overlooked. The introduction of connected
users has redefined the concept of urban spaces in the age of technology, resulting in significant
changes in interactive, cognitive, and spatial behaviors.
Methodology: This study utilizes the qualitative content analysis method and coding technique in
ATLAS.it software to explore the shifts in user behavior within Tehran's 6 and 12 districts.
Specifically, the focus is on changes in relationships and interactive patterns.
Results: The research based on behavioral maps shows that users' interaction behavior has shifted
from direct and active communication to indirect and two-way communication. This change is more
focused on the media, attention, and perception of the surrounding space and communication with
others. As a result, the nature of public spaces has moved from traditional landmarks to temporal
domains. This blurs the connection between the user and the space, causing the connected user to be
moved from the center of the space to the margin. In an interactive approach, the user's focal role in
space is weakened.
Conclusion: The research shows that technology plays a crucial role in how people choose, navigate,
and socialize in physical spaces. This dependence on technology has led to changes in how people
interact with each other and their environment. These changes offer valuable insights for urban
planners and designers to create more efficient and effective spaces in modern cities. By
understanding the various dimensions of these changes, planners can develop optimal solutions and
patterns to enhance the user experience.
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Received: 2023/09/17 | Accepted: 2023/09/1 | Published: 2023/09/1

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