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Field observation assignment - Travis Edwards SOC 311...

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Travis Edwards SOC 311 9-9:50 March 7, 2014 Field Observation assignment In Field Notes In the middle of the CSU Library on the first floor directly by the sitting area by the book return desk and entrance from 12:20 to 12:50 P.M. I have a 360 view of the whole first floor library By the entrance of the library 12:20 to 12:30 People are constantly moving Fast hand gestures and mouths constantly moving. At this time, different diversities are entering the library I can hear different languages being spoken Some at a fast rate and some at a slow rate I noticed that when some of the different languages speak the rates is different as well Some of the Korean groups (groups range from 2-6 sometimes) that walked in the library by the entrance speak in a natural quiet tone while the middle eastern and English groups enter in a loud tone Each group seem to carry different body postures Some individuals come I with their hands in their body. Is this a cultural thing or is it due to the mild weather outside? It seems that everybody has a small jacket and sweater on even though its 55 degrees outside. Some individuals share on the phone smiling and showing some excitement
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When walking in the library it seems that all of them (so far) move at a fast pace but slow down once they enter the carpet and grey gates of the library Did we create that social norm to slow down in the library once passing the gates or is it just coincidence? A group of skateboarders (3 individuals) all slap hands once going to different directions I see that technology is in almost all of the individuals that past me Almost 2/3 of individuals walking in and out of the library are looking at their phone while walking Theirs a green carpet that leads to the main part of the library No one is paying attention to that green carpet; instead they are walking around it and going to their regular destination no matter where that carpet leads. Looking towards the coffee shop in the library, individuals are conversation and eating while talking. A group of two middle aged women (about 30 or 40 years of age) are conversation while eating their bagels. About half of the individuals that’s leaving the library are taking their hoodies on while the ones entering are taking them off Some individuals are following the path on the green carpet in and out of the library Each individual that comes into the library have different walking patterns and motions. A 12:30 P.M, less people are coming in the library while the same amount are leaving.
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