Melissa M Mata
November 14, 2012
Fresno City College
The concept studied in this ethnography was based on my own interpersonal communication over a 24 hour period. Interpersonal communication is the process of sending and receiving information between two or more people. When studying my interpersonal communication I will be addressing characteristics, patterns, emotions and encounters displayed over the time period.
Based on the encounters I engaged in during the 24 hour period, I would characterize &
define most of my encounters as personal and intimate conversations, whether it was felt on my
end, their end or both. I believe my own personal definition for communication involves one-on-
one or face-to-face involvement to have any impact on myself or the other party. During the
study I found that other conversations I had throughout the time period were not of value and
insignificant when there wasn’t a one-on-one or face-to-face connection. I put more value and
effort into communication when the setting and atmosphere was intimate and confidential. An
example is when looking at my Interpersonal Ethnography Graph, I noticed that five out of six
conversations took place within very close quarters.
Close quarters was one example of patterns I found during my evaluation. Another
revelation during the ethnography was the pattern of triggered emotion. Emotions ranged from
relaxation, worry, excitement, interest, confusion, discouragement and surprise just to name a
few. Without these felt emotions I more than likely would have found little value to these
occurrences. Another pattern I noticed was that I did a lot of listening. With the exception of the
conversation I had with my mother, I did little talking except when inquiring for additional
information. Listening, asking questions and gathering data helps me to really immerse myself...
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