A Chindogu Social Yardstick | David Seah

The basic principle: your physical distance from someone often telegraphs how “close” you are. Here’s a diagram to help illustrate the point:

Social Distances

In case you’re wondering: the distances in the diagram are roughly based on what “felt right”, though I can see now that it seems roughly based on the width of a person’s body.

… and here is a short article with some references: http://www.cs.unm.edu/~sheppard/proxemics.htm

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