My Space: Reactions to Proxemic Violations in an Interview Setting

Robert Bitting, Luke Brenneman, Brianne Jewett, Ryan Schnurr,
Huntington University

Full manuscript: www.kon.org/urc/v11/bitting.html

Abstract: This study explored the reactions of interviewees to proxemic violations of an interviewer. Participants were interviewed on an innocuous topic by a male interviewer who progressively positioned himself closer to them. Reactions of interviewees were recorded and analyzed according to gender differences and concepts from literary research.

Introduction: Proxemics is the study of how people use space in communication and how space and comfort levels are correlated in interactions (Richmond & McCroskey, 2000). Proxemic violations, or invasions of socially or personally appropriate interactional space, often result in several unique nonverbal behaviors that have much to reveal about how people, and people of each gender, react to unwritten rules of how to use space in communication.

Full manuscript: www.kon.org/urc/v11/bitting.html