My Observation of a Couple at a Restaurant: Nonverbal Communication

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INTRODUCTION On September 12, 2014, I observed two people; Person A and Person B. The observation took place at Applebee’s, a local restaurant, beginning at 7:21 p.m. and ending observation at 8:06 p.m. I was serving their table for the evening, enabling myself to observe them closely. The restaurant had died down from the dinner rush, leaving them one of three tables in the smoking section, normally filled with eight. Along with the outside light fading, the lighting indoors was dim, making the dining experience feel more quiet and intimate. The background noise was filled with a light roar of other group’s conversations, and a jazz station played quietly from the speakers overhead. OBSERVATION OF PERSON A Person A was…show more content…
As an observer, I could tell Person A was deeply involved in the conversation at all times. I also took note of Person A’s facial expression throughout the observation. Person A was generally smiling throughout the evening, clearly enjoying himself. I could observe many times of laughter, and took note of no negative expressions. Along the lines of laughter, another observation I observed was Person A’s tone. I was able to observe this closely walking by their table several times throughout the night. Person A had a deep, gentle voice that stayed at a fairly steady low volume throughout dinner. He spoke fairly fast, but I think he was simply excited to be with Person B; trying to fit in as much as he could. His laughter was low and hearty, but stayed near the volume he spoke. He also used a lot of hand gestures. His stories were filled with help from his hands and arms. He was quite animated and looked excited to be talking. At one point it looked as if he was trying to describe a house using hand gestures. One last nonverbal observation I will mention is that of Person A’s posture. He generally sat hunched over the table, rarely sitting up straight. Combined with the other nonverbal observations, this posture suggests he wanted to be as near to Person B as possible. OBSERVATION OF PERSON B Person B was a female around the age of 22. She was about 5 ½ feet tall with a slender build and shoulder-length blonde hair.
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