“Power of Virtual Distance”: The Concept of Affinity Distance

Based on the “Power of Virtual Distance,” discuss the concept of affinity distance and what steps could be taken to reduce it.

Most are familiar with the concepts of physical distance and somewhat familiar with what PVD terms “operational distance.” However, most have not focused on “Affinity Distance.” Affinity distance is made up of four relationship dynamics: cultural distance, social distance, relationship distance, and interdependence distance. While affinity distance can exist in both traditional, primarily face-to-face groups and virtual groups, the tools available to address these in virtual environments are more limited. From all the readings and experiences you’ve had, what steps could be taken to reduce these distances?