Let’s suppose it’s a rainy, boring Sunday afternoon and we want to give our day some fun. What better option than going to see that movie that we have been watching sideways on the cinema’s billboard. After the fervor of the brilliant idea that has just occurred to us, we began to make calculations: How many blocks is my nearest movie theater? Sunday and rainy, how long should I wait for the taxi, the collective, I should go walking? And finally, how long does it take me all the way? Am I really willing to spend more time traveling than watching the movie? Surely many bet to stay at home watching a classic movie on Netflix.
The concept of friction of distance is based on the notion that distance usually requires a certain amount of effort, energy, time and other resources to overcome. Because of this “friction”, spatial interactions, especially transport (human and merchandise), tend to occur more often over shorter distances; the amount and intensity of the interaction will decay with distance.
Let us then include the previous concept, the friction of distance formula:
Distance + Friction = Time
Time – Friction = Distance