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    Joan F.
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    Do people in different areas of the world have different comfort zones (space requirements)? For example, do Spanish-speaking people invade what others might consider their personal space? As a WASP, I need to step away when this happens.

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    Name : Joan F., Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Agnostic, Age : 64, City : Hoosick Falls, State : NY Country : United States, Occupation : retired educator, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Twiliteyes
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    In general, Spanish people tend to “invade” your space when conversing. But I am Spanish, and I also tend to step back when another Spanish person tries to come too close when speaking to me. I don’t like anyone coming too close to me when speaking, but that’s just me. Everyone is different, regardless of race or ethnic group.

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    Name : Twiliteyes, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Hispanic/Latino (may be any race), Religion : Pagan, Age : 38, City : Maitland, State : FL Country : United States, Occupation : Recreational Director, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Maire
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    Some Spanish-speaking countries are more comfortable with touching people than Americans are. Latin Americans also tend to be more friendly, make more eye contact and speak to people on the street more. I think it is cultural and never meant to be offensive. Most people would be unaware that they could be invading your personal space.

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    Name : Maire, Gender : F, City : Seattle, State : WA Country : United States, 
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