More classic work:
Festinger, L, S. Schachter and K. Back. 1950. Social Pressures in Informal
Groups: a Study of Human Factors in Housing. New York. Harper and Row.
showed the dramatic effects of even being a few residences away (or on a
different floor of a multi-unit structure) on casual neighboring.
In forthcoming work I report survey results showing that people's
identification of those neighbors they interact with in various ways depends
on both the walking distance between them (in an exponential way), the
presence of various helps or hindrances to either walking or interaction,
etc.. As suggested earlier, essentially it redefines the distance metric
between pairs of residences in a non-Euclidean way.
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There is always Thomas Allen's famous finding [within organizations] back in
the mid-60s [before email and other CMC]...
"...two people on the same floor, if separated by more then 25 yards, will
rarely have any significant communication."
Allen, T.J. (1966),"Performance of Information Channels in the Transfer of
Technology", Industrial Management, 8:87-98.
Edmund Chattoe wrote:
> Specifically, how much difference does spatial dispersion make to
> network links?