Different Cultures Require Varying Amounts Of Personal Spaces

Personal space might not be first on your list of things to plan for while traveling around the world, but it's worth considering. Thanks to proxemics, the study of personal space, we have a pretty good idea of how much or how little space is comfortable for people in different parts of the world. If you're from the United States, for example, you probably expect a lot of personal space compared to other countries. The UK, Canada, and Nordic countries also have large personal space requirements. In fact, if you're from one of these places, you may have a tough time getting used to what's considered normal speaking distance in other parts of the globe. People in South America, Europe, and Asia have far smaller standards of personal space. Amounts of personal space were put into three categories by American anthropologist Edward T. Hall in 1963: intimate, personal, and social. Intimate is about 0 to 18 inches, personal is about 1.5 to 5 feet, and social is about 5 to 7 feet. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

Written by Curiosity Staff July 20, 2016

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