Friday, June 13, 2014
In this day and age it is so weird to actually have to be in close physical proximity in order to communicate. The horror.
Now I don't want to get all scientific on you, but if you know someone like that you might snail mail them the above chart about something called Proxemics. The cultural anthropologist Edward T. Hall first coined the term in 1963, while studying the matter of our personal space requirements. It's like where our protected territory starts and stops and how that affects our comfort. And how different circumstances or different people determine how we use our personal space and react to distance changes. Measurements vary between different cultures. For instance, folks from Latin countries tend to feel more comfortable standing closer to one another as they interact, while we in North America want people out of our faces (for the most part). It's interesting in a purely academic way.
Then there are the things that short circuit our zones; things like lust and psychological deviations. And then there are those people who feel like they have to touch you in order to talk to you: who don't seem to know whether you're real unless they're confirming your existence by clinging onto your sleeve. You know the type... glazed eyes, manic laughter at inappropriate times and a little bit of drool coming out of the corner of their mouths.
Luckily, we have computers and tablets now. We can maintain our comfort zones and keep all that messy interpersonal stuff to a bare minimum.
Posted by Rand MacIvor at 2:42 PM