Nonverbal Communication Codes Essay

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Nonverbal Codes Around The World A Map for Saturday is a documentary that explores the idea of world traveling in the form of backpacking. It features a main character Brook who documents his travels along with the people he meets along the way. As Brook comes in contact with many different people there is all different types of nonverbal communication that takes place. The idea is that a nonverbal code is given and received at many different levels; ones that are known and others that are not known. While there are numerous nonverbal codes that are noticeable throughout A Map for Saturday, there are four that I want to focus on. The first is the proxemics code, which deals with personal space in territory. The next is the chronemics…show more content…
The ideal of “personal space is an invisible, adjustable bubble of space that people carry around with them” {Burgoon, Guerrero, and Floyd (2010)}. A hostel provides little to no personal space. However, Brooke and the rest of the travelers in the documentary quickly learn to accept the lifestyle of living in a Hostel. Some more issues that arise in relation to the proxemics code are the kitchen, the showers, and even the sex life of the travelers. For example, Brook has to wear flip flops in the shower to avoid getting foot fungus and you could tell by the tone of his voice, or vocalics, that he his not to happy with this situation (Silva-Braga, 2007). Now, I would like to move on the nonverbal code of chronemics. Chronemics is the study of the use of time in nonverbal communication {Burgoon, Guerrero, and Floyd (2010)}. It is applied right in the title of the documentary A Map for Saturday, which basically means that everyday, feels like a Saturday. There are several references of how the perception of time is completely different when traveling then working a nine to five day job (Silva-Braga, 2007). For example, in America punctuality is critically important when doing just about anything. However, in certain countries this is not the case, being on time is of little importance. Throughout the documentary, there are references made about the holidays. Holidays such as Easter and Thanksgiving are celebrated at completely
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