Field Observations 12-19 yrsBristin WhitleyJuly 31, 2018I observed 12 to 19 year olds at Disney wait lines. There was a group of six teenagers that looked to be ranging between the ages of 16 to 18. They were all wearing the same shirt like a group or club. Whilst in line for the Pandora 3D ride, I made my observations. 1:30pm-1:45pmI just joined the line for Disney Pandora and while I walked through the line I could distinctly hear certain voices that were louder than the rest of the chaos. That turned out to be the group of teenagers all talking at once. The group consisted of 5 females, and 2 males. Most of them appeared to be of Hispanic background. This is fitting because the text tells us it is most common for children to prefer peers of the same race. Additionally none of them seemed to be related, so it wasn't a family reunion group, which there was many. Sitting in the line they all were very excited to ride the attraction. Right away I noticed one of the boys was far more outspoken than the other (Boy A). Of the four girls I wasn't able to tell at this point what the status of each was in their peer network. 1:45pm-2:00pmIt was difficult to notice things in this group because of the constant talking. The entire group just talked at all at once for the entire first 15 minutes and well into the second 15 minutes. Occasionally I could see one of the girls actively listening to the other but for the most part it just seemed like mindless conversation to pass the time. The line was moving very slow and in the middle of one girl speaking, one of the others sat down in place. I noticed this moment because the girl that was speaking look take aback and possibly insulted, that the other girl (GirlA) decided to sit down in the middle of her story. One by one, two of the other girls and the quieter guy followed her lead and decided to sit down as well. I decided that the first girl to sit must be higher in status than some of the others because of the influence she had in making the decision to sit down and because of her timing.
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