Naturalistic Observation

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Naturalistic Observation When given the assignment of Naturalistic Observation, observing at Starbucks seemed like a great idea. Starbucks is a place where people just go to talk and read, with the university being nearby I expected to see college students studying. Starbucks is a well known coffee shop where you can drink you coffee in a relaxing atmosphere. Today is February 15 the day after Valentines Day. I thought to see flirtatious couples together, drinking coffee and maybe even sharing pie. They could be on there Valentines date, if for some reason they could not go out of Valentines Day. I am expecting to see a lot of people coming and going, but not to many people buying coffee this late at night. I think there will be a lot of people reading books and magazines since there is a Barnes and Nobles connected to the Starbucks. I think there will be people walking through Starbucks going to the book store. It is close to 8:30 at night and it is sort of cold out side. As I entered Starbucks I found an inconspicuous table in the corner of the café. The place was lacking in the amount of customers, with only four of the twenty tables taken, the café is unusually quiet. Compared to the other times I have been here, Continue...

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The people are mostly middle aged men and women, dressed in casual attire which would be expected since it is close to 8:30 at night. The women is wearing clothes that look poor, maybe homemade; I am starting to think that she is a little crazy. Before arriving at Starbucks I had an idea of what I was going to see, according to the time and the day that I was going to be there. There is a young Asian man setting across the room, he has a laptop and books on his table, he is in his 20's and has a pull over TCU sweater on. The girl has a bible also and she appears to be following along. The lack of action made it easy for me to focus on a couple for a longer period of time. I was right about the people drinking coffee, I thought that since it was so late not very many people would be drinking coffee. Now I think I will look at things differently, I will be more observant and pay better attention to my surroundings. There was only one college student, which was the one with the laptop at the far end of the cafe. Before I went to Starbucks I analyzed what I might see according to the time of day and what was nearby. I feel sorry for the young girl, but she does not seem to mind the bible reading. I also thought that since Texas Christian University was near by there was going to be lots of college student studying, I was somewhat right. A table close to the window sets a older women and a younger girl. With the consent grinding of the coffee machine and the music, makes it impossible to hear the delicate conversations. The lighting in the cafe is nice, the lighting fixtures are pointing to each table, but as a whole the cafe is rather dark, keeping in mind it is also dark outside.


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