I did my iExamen on Friday because I figured it would be easier to observe my communication without having to worry about homework and assignments due the next day. I went into this exercise without putting much thought into it. I made some surprising observations about myself and others over the course of the evaluation. I started my day and went about my usual routine. The first thing I noticed is how reliant I am on browsing social media. Standing in line waiting for breakfast, browse Facebook. Waiting for the elevator, scroll through Instagram. The list of examples is endless. I never noticed how constant of a presence social media maintains in my life. I never really considered social media that important to me, but the iExamen has proven otherwise. I would say that I spent at least a few hours on social media over the course of the day.
Another thing I noticed while doing the iExamen is how I interact with people. As I went about my day, I started to notice that most of the conversations that I had were short and about seemingly simple things. For example, when I woke up, I didn’t talk to my roommates until lunch time and then we just talked about where to go to eat. I don’t think that every conversation has to be profound, but it would be a refreshing change from debating whether to get Chipotle or Qdoba. Also, I noticed how people don’t stop to talk to each other when they meet walking around campus. Most of the time when I’m going somewhere around campus I’m in a hurry, so I won’t stop to talk if I see my friends along the way. I want to ask how their day’s going, but I don’t have the time. In the future, I want to make an effort to stop more often.
The final thing I noticed was how I see the same people on campus as I go about my day. I never really noticed this before but I see the same hundred or so people every day. I guess that it is just chance but it definitely interesting to think about. I especially noticed this when walking to class. You share a kind of unspoken greeting when you make eye contact with the same people returning from class as you walk to class every Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday. It’s interesting to observe the strangers faces as they are probably thinking the same thing about you.