Personal Space

Personal space is known as the immediate periphery of a person, where much of his/her interactions occur. A personal space has no fixed geographic reference point, but rather follows the individual, getting larger or smaller under different conditions. The physical proximity at which people interact with one other is influenced by how well they know each other. Friends will often stand closer to each other than acquaintances or strangers would. Average interaction distances are also affected by the impersonality of the setting. An impersonal setting, such as an office, leads to increased interaction distance compared to a personal setting, such as a living room.