Keep your dis­tance, say wary Brits

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

MOST of us feel un­com­fort­able when a stranger in­vades our per­sonal space, but there are lim­its even when it comes to our loved ones, a sur­vey found.

The av­er­age Bri­ton feels their “com­fort zone” has been en­croached on when their part­ner comes within 43cm when they are not ex­pect­ing it.

We’re a bit less tol­er­ant in the case of friends where we set our per­sonal space bound­ary at 55cm. And when it comes to strangers, we re­ally don’t like them to come any closer than 111cm, the poll of 1 200 Bri­tons by self-stor­age firm Space Sta­tion re­vealed.

It found that our per­sonal space was in­vaded four times a day, on av­er­age.

Cardiff is the most likely place in the UK for a stranger to get too close and make us feel anx­ious, fol­lowed by Birm­ing­ham and Lon­don. New­cas­tle was the least likely place for this to hap­pen.

One in 10 of those polled said there was never an ex­cuse for any­one, even a part­ner, to in­vade their per­sonal space with­out warn­ing.

El­iz­a­beth Legge, 25, a so­cial me­dia boss from Leeds, said: “Peo­ple in­vad­ing my per­sonal space leaves me feel­ing re­ally un­com­fort­able, whether it’s some­one I know but not very well, or a com­plete stranger.

“Un­less it is a close friend or rel­a­tive, I find peo­ple in­vad­ing my space in­tim­i­dat­ing and I can’t stand peo­ple be­ing too touchy-feely in the of­fice.”

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