March 13, 2007 6:08am CST
Many people values their privacy and I think they really should since being private on some aspects of ourselves since we are reserved with that right. There are many ways to preserve privacy;and one of them is having our own personal space. Eventhough we are out in the open and talking to other people, we tend to follow an unwritten dogma of how far should we speak to person, in what degree or level should we touch him or her to express certain gestures and stuff; or maybe not at all. Such dogma vary depending on the setting we are in. There are certain dequorum that we should follow in a business or academic meetings, casual or formal events. There certain degrees of gestures we can express to our acquaintances, friends, partners, lovers, etc. But in general, culture plays a great role in defining this dogma regarding personal space. In some cultures, it is very impolite to stare and point; here, staring is in fact a violation of their personal space. I am not saying that it is wrong, my point is that somewhere you can stare at anyone and not having them offended; but it is very rude to stare in other cultures. So for the sake of letting us be educated... In your side of the world, how do you define your personal space?