SOCIAL RESEARCH PROJECT

SOCIAL RESEARCH PROJECT - 1 Cell Phone Activity Between...

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Cell Phone Activity Between Males and Females Jason Troshane Adam Jackler Vince Catizone March 10, 2008 1
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Abstract Our main goal was to observe cell phone activity between males and females during their lunch hours. Cell phone activity was broken down into two categories: phone calls, and text messages. Either activities of cell phone usage from male or females were recorded during lunch hours between 12 pm and 1 pm at the Livingston Student Center. The hypothesis was that females were more likely to interact with their phones during their lunch break than males were. In order to carry out this observation, each group member positioned themselves in a different corner of the cafeteria area, positioning ourselves to be able to see all subjects. Each observer brought an ipod, as well as school books with them in order to disguise our actions. Our results coincided with our original hypothesis, stating that cell phone activity was greater with females subjects than the male subjects during that given time period. 35 subjects were found using their cell phones, and an overwhelming 24 of those subjects were females while only 11 males were observing using their cell phones during the same time frame. 2
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Introduction The bivariate hypothesis of this social experiment was that during a given lunch break, female activity on cell phone would be much greater than the activities of a male. This research has a valued importance because it shows a fundamental difference between the way men and woman communicate and interact with others. When making these observations we decided to break cell phone activity into two categories: Text messaging, and phone calls. Phone calls require much more interaction with another human being, while text messaging is quick, and there is a significantly less amount of interaction. Not only did we want to look at the difference between phone use of males and females, but the actual type of use each one used as well. During the unstructured observation, women were observed to be on the phone at a much higher rate than men. We particularly noticed that when woman were alone, they were more likely to be using the cell phone than when men were alone. If they were with a group of people it was significantly less amount of cell phone usage for both groups. This observation is what inspired us to come to our hypothesis on cell phone activity between males and females. Methods of Research 1A Our observation study took place on February 18 2008, from 12pm-1pm. We selected to observe our subjects in a setting in which they would be on a “break”, however we also wanted to get a setting in which there would be a good chance that people would be by themselves in a social setting. We chose to use the location of the Rutgers College Student Center, because we felt that this area met all requirements we 3
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were looking for in our observations. Each group member spread themselves our around the different perimeters of the room. Each observer faced towards the middle of the room
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 102 taught by Professor Mcdonald during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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