Assignment 2.pdf - Communication 101 Fall 2019 Mandelbaum Second short assignment 1 For this first set of observations I completed at a birthday party

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Communication 101, Fall 2019, Mandelbaum Second short assignment 1. For this first set of observations, I completed at a birthday party from my close friend's nephew. I only knew my friend's immediate family, so there were plenty of opportunities to stare at someone I did not know. I chose to stare at a woman about two tables away from me when we sat down to eat. I was staring for quite a while until she noticed me looking. When she first became aware that I was looking at her, she kind of acknowledged that I was looking at her by staring back/making eye contact with me and then looked back down at her plate. I continued staring at her. She would keep glancing up every so often, appearing to be checking if I was still looking. She would also take her phone and look down at that too to avoid looking up at me. After about five minutes, I stopped staring because I did not want to freak her out completely, especially since it was my friend's family's party. For the second observation, I stared at my friend's sister, Jessica, who I know very well. Similar to the previous time with the stranger, she was sitting a few tables away from me, and it took a bit of time until she noticed I was staring at her. When she did see me staring, she started staring back at me with her eyes wide open, very obviously trying not to blink. We basically had a staring contest for a minute or two until we both blinked and broke into laughter. Then she came over to me and said: "What's up, why are you staring at me, girl?" The only real similarity I noticed between the two observations was that when I was staring, I was about the same distance both times. Other than that, there were definitely more differences between the two observations. Staring at the stranger was much more uncomfortable for me. It felt sort of unnatural for me staring at her so long and not looking away when she was acting noticeably uncomfortable. Another difference was the reactions I got. For example, when the stranger realized that I was staring at her, she tried to avoid looking at me or making eye contact with me. She became very fidgety and visibly uneasy. I actually even found it very difficult not to avert my gaze
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