Youth Culture Observation

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My observations were done from a mixture of ethnic and economic backgrounds. I observed from the North Lake Mall and a low economic area and my local church.

The behaviors of the teens ranged from fun loving, giddy to silly. They almost always were in a group ranging from two to six people in a group. The dynamics of the groups I thought were intriguing because the majority of them were split based on gender. The group was either all male or female. I rarely saw a mixture of the two. The few occasions that they were mixed I was unable to determine if there were any “couples” so to speak. They all appear to equally interact with one another. Yes there was the usual female reaction and body language when engaged with a male and vice versa for males only they seems to be flat line in their outward emotions towards the girls. I really had to read the body language to see the natural reaction toward the opposite sex. They did have gestures such as running fingers through their hair and rocking slightly back and forth when they talked to a girl. They did not make direct eye contact which I also noticed in general about the teens. There was direct eye contact when a conversation appeared to be unfriendly.

The style of dress for the youths varied and seems to have a statement of its own, as well as, independent and unique. Example, some of the girls would wear leggings with their short skirts. Some wore leggings under their shorts. (Really short) Other girls wore short skirts with thigh-hi socks. The shoes for the girls were not like those of the young adults being stilettos but they were glammed up shimmering calf hi sneakers with laces and buckles. The majority of the girls I observed wore tight fitting and revealing tops or skirts. The contrast to that were the boys with their loose fitting to sagging pants and some wore skinny jeans. The boys also wore mainly tee shirts with sports memberbila on them, oversized sweaters and expensive sneakers....
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