Importance Of Body Language Cues Between Ethnicity And Gender

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Importance of Body Language Cues between Ethnicity and Gender Mariah J. Brown Henderson State University Abstract Body language or nonverbal communication is an important part of how people communicate directly and indirectly. Hand and arm gestures, touch, and eye contact are a few aspects that may vary significantly depending on one’s culture or gender. The purpose of this research is to discover whether or not there is a gap between ethnicities and gender in relations to body language undergraduate college students. The data was collected from a random sample of undergraduate students through the use of a multiple choice single answer survey. The survey was…show more content…
Mehrabian and Wiener (1967) discovered that the percentage of our communication with others include words which account for 7 %, tone of voice account for 38% and body language accounts for 55%. Body language is the highest percentage because it plays a role in helping individuals clarify a message. The sending and receiving of body language signals happens on conscious and unconscious levels. It is essential that one is able to understand how to read the nonverbal messages of others. Your own body language reveals your feelings and meanings to others. Within 30 seconds you can make a charming or alarming impression, according to Gloria Starr of Global Success Strategies, Inc. Therefore, body language can create barriers between people of different cultures and genders which include, but not limited to: avoiding eye contact, crossing one’s arms, and making rapid, nervous or jerky movements and hand gestures. In this paper, the role of non verbal communication between gender and ethnicity is investigated. It will outline studies and research articles pertaining to body language and give enough evidence to support the research question. The focus of this research is to discover whether or not there is a non-verbal communication gap between ethnicity and gender in undergraduate/graduate college students. The methodology was conducted on undergraduate/graduate college students, ages 18 to 30. Each student filled out a survey and
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