On November 2, 2010 by maisonrose


Ever since coming to the U.S I have been intrigued by the personal space and how its perceived differently in different cultures.
So what is Personal Space?

Personal space is the region surrounding a person which they regard as psychologically theirs. It’s like an invisible bubble around a person.

Invasion of this space often leads to discomfort, anger, or anxiety  .

Interestingly, the average personal distance varies from culture to culture.In most Western cultures the generally accepted amount of personal space between two people who are not intimate ranges from 1.5 – 4 feet .

This varies in other cultures , depending on the environment and other social aspects.For example People who live in highly populated areas often have a smaller personal space bubble than those who live in less populated areas. People of higher status or wealth usually have larger personal space bubbles as well.

For my Final project I want to explore this and probably create a game in response.

The game

A sort of arcade game where the person has to get across the street without popping other people’s bubbles (Interfering with other people’s personal space ).


Get to interview different people from different cultures about how they view personal space.

Get measurements, of approximately how much personal space they need.

Game mechanics

Things I am yet to decide:

What platform ?

Should It be screen based? A mobile phone? Or should I project it and use motion sensors?

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