Research Blog 6

“Are close friends the Enemy?”

The above article was written by Keith Wilcox and Andrew T. Stephen, as they discuss the impact that social media has on peoples behaviors and self-confidence. It is becoming more and more popular that people who don’t have much real life satisfaction, tend to enjoy using social media a lot more. One reoccurring problem with these sites is that people more often than not only portray what they feel is their good side and don’t show any of the things they don’t want people to see. This all ties in with the body language side of things. These people are using these sites to create false virtual images of themselves. It has been proven that increasing usage of social media can lead people to having less self-control. I am a firm believer that those who prefer using social media sites rather than engage in face-to-face conversations, have very low self-confidence in person and as a result have poor body language which makes them difficult to approach.

“Understanding Body Language”

This video discusses the impact of body language and non-verbal communication and how to read non-verbal cues. In the video we see Eve Ash and Peter Quarry, two psychologists who are experts in the field. Amazingly, I learned that body language communicates roughly 55% of the message, and body language is not only the physical behaviors but it is a wide variety of things that include tone of voice etc. An important point I took away from this video was that your body language not only effects you but it effects the person you are with or talking to. A key concept to do with body language is engaging the person/people you are with and this can all be done with hand gestures and eye-contact. Not making eye-contact with someone can immediately disengage your audience. “The eyes give a lot. Facial gestures give a lot of information. Certainly the vast majority of body language is communicated through facial gestures.” Overall, your body language or non-verbal cues creates an image for yourself that others view you as.

“Interpersonal communication: a review of eye contact”

“Eye behavior is an important dimension of inter- personal communication. In fact, without eye contact, most adults say they are not able to fully communicate or to determine whether they are being understood”. It is clear that there are both positive and negative ways to use eye contact. Eye contact can be used to show that you are engaged in a conversation while it can also be used to show aggression towards someone. A key part to growing up as a child is the ability to read someones mood etc through eye contact. Children watch their parents facial cues to determine if they have done the right or wrong thing. “Infrequent eye contact may indicate shyness, discomfort, or anxiety. Lack of eye contact can indicate embarrassment or dishonesty”. I would consider eye contact as the most important form of non-verbal communication as you can tell many things from it.

In conclusion, all of my sources that I am finding are all relating to each other in some shape or form. My leading question of the effects of body language, branches off into sub-categories but I still feel my question is a good one. What I have found is that there are certain keywords related to my question and these have all helped my research.

 

 

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