For my cyber field observation I chose to view Anna, and Narek. Anna is an
Armenian female, 45 years old who works for a home health as the head nurse. Narek
is an Armenian male, age 22 working for LAUSD as a Special Education Teachers Assistant.
I found that Anna’s cyber life consists of business affairs, while Narek’s cyber
life is based around socializing. Both are satisfied with their cyber culture, and
aren't ashamed to be on their phones through out the day. To complete the cyber
field observation I chose both interviews, and observation as my research methods.
Anna being a nurse is constantly using her phone for work. Anna sends more texts
out in a day then I would in two days. Anna mainly uses her phone to keep up with
the nurses at work, either by sending important emails or texting out information
on patients or medications. Although Anna is busy she finds time to text her family
members and friends during her down time. Anna doesn't have any social media sites
because she does not, “Want to be in the pictures. I don't know if people would even
be okay with me posting pictures of them. Its all about my personal life, and I’d
rather keep that personal.” Anna did mention this comment while laughing but I could
tell that she was serious on not knowing if people would accept her sharing a personal
life for observation. When Anna surfs the web she is usually looking up medical terms,
or is enjoying some online shopping.
Narek is the opposite of Anna, he has multiple social media accounts and isn't
afraid to share his personal life. Narek enjoys posting pictures of his car, and
girlfriend. Narek is usually on his phone when he becomes bored, or as he stated,
“Out of impulse.” Narek only uses his email to talk to professors, or individuals
pertaining to business. Narek does not make phone calls because he feels, “Comfortable
talking in person but usually calling feels weird.” Narek does text his girlfriend,
mother, and brother on a daily basis through out his entire day. The only phone calls
he receives are from his father, and cousin. After observing these phone calls and
asking questions about his father and cousin I found they call him because they are
not as savvy with texting. They are more comfortable talking on the phone than sending
him a text. Nareks will surf the web to look up a quick definition hear and there,
but does not really look up anything.
Anna and Narek feel that the cyber world culture has definitely helped them.
Anna believes, “It’s not good but is effective, since I am busy technology helps
me faster than the old ways. But I have noticed it adds a lack of communication skill
for some people.” Both Anna and Narek are patient individuals and do not seem to
be affected by the cyber world when it comes to waiting. Each of them still contains
great person-to-person attributes, and kept eye contact while I was asking them personal
questions on their cyber culture. The only difference I noticed in Anna and Narek
was their attention span. Narek could not keep focus for very long, without touching
his phone, or glancing at it. Anna did not need to touch her phone or glance at it.
Anna was content with not being on to for the time being. Cyber culture has enhanced
both Narek and Annas social lives. For Narek his social life revolves mainly around
his car. Cyber culture has helped advertise his car, and has lead him to new friends
with similar interests. Anna believes her social life has stayed in contact through
her cyber culture considering she is so busy, it helps her keep everyone updated
If I was to return to observing the cyber field I would definitely focus on
how their lives would work without their electronic devices. I would want to know
if life would seem simpler to them, or if they noticed any changes in their feelings.
I would definitely want to observe them for a longer period to truly observe how
life without the cyber culture would be.
"Narek's Cyber Habits." Personal interview. 3 Oct. 2015.
"Anna's Cyber Habits." Personal interview. 3 Oct. 2015.