This observation assignment will take place in a busy public space such as a cafeteria, café, food court, sports area or another public space with lots of people. In order to become familiar with research ethics processes, all students must submit a completed form with an explanation of why their project should be exempt from ethics review. This must include a concise explanation of precautions taken and how this project will not result in any real risks to anyone involved.
You are to observe the setting and take detailed field notes for 40 minutes. Your goal is a rich detailed description. These field notes are then to be typed up. These typed up notes should then to be coded. Next, you will do at least 5 memos. Finally in the discussion section you will analyze the various forms of agents and agency that were present and how smartphone/cell phone usage affects human interactions in your particular observation setting