Pick a location where you can break American proxemics rules and observe the reaction of those around you.Some suggested locations include:Elevator: Turn and face your fellow riders rather than facing the elevator doorsBus: Pick a time of day when the bus is relatively uncrowded and purposefully sit next to someone even when there are several empty seatsGym: Like the bus, pick a time of day when the gym is uncrowded and purposefully workout on a machine next to someone'S Bathroom: Select a stall or urinal that puts you next to someone rather than leaving a stall or two between you and the other person Cafeteria: Pick a time of day when the cafe is relatively uncrowded and purposefully sit next to someone even when there are several empty tables
Describe your observations and an analysis on why people behaved the way they did. In your analysis, use your knowledge of American cultural attitudes towards personal space. If you were raised in another culture, please feel free to compare and contrast your cultural ideas about space versus those of Americans.
According to Edward T. Hall, Proxemics refers to the use of space in communication. Borrowing from Hall assertions, the study of proxemics entails how man unconsciously structures the distance between people in daily activities of life. Keeping this distance both in public and private spaces actually varies from one culture to another. In that sense, this paper provides analysis on American culture over personal space.