Propinquity… not the Monkees’ song.

I wrote a research paper on the topic of propinquity in interpersonal relationship development as part of an undergraduate sociology course.  At that time MySpace was the big name on the block in what today we call social media, and Facebook was a mere curiosity among college students. Today, there is hardly an area of our lives that social media doesn’t touch upon: from dating to cooking, from staying connected with family and friends to meeting random strangers for God knows what; from sharing photos to selling a handmade quilt. 

In social psychology, propinquity is one of the most important factors leading to interpersonal attraction both platonic and romantic. It refers to the physical or psychological proximity between people.  For example people who work with each other have a greater chance to develop stable lasting relationships than they do with someone whom they see only occasionally or with whom they have little or no social engagement, i.e. the neighbor to whom you say hello on a daily basis, but with whom you never go any further.  With this being said, how would you answer the question below?


Oh. And if you want.  Here’s that Monkee’s song:

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