Having worked next door to a bar that was crowded on weekend nights and where cheers (or boos) could be periodically heard due to the weekly football games shown, I know what it’s like to have distractions in the public space. At an internship I did, they played music in the background and I wore headphone solely to block it out. My grandfather likes to listen to the news on TV at the loudest volume setting. And with these constant distractions, how are we supposed to concentrate on any one thing?
When I notice that my mind has been somewhere else during a meeting, I wonder what opportunities I’ve been missing right here.
– Daniel Goleman
Our task was to go to the movies this week, and observe human interactions and movements. For this assignment, we were to use Torsten Hagerstrand’s “Time Geography” theory as the basis of our observations and research for the excursion – or if we weren’t able to go to the movies, we were to deduce what stopped us. To break it down, Hagerstrand created three constraints to human movement.
Capability – limitations to what individuals are and aren’t capable of doing
Coupling – limitations to when, where, and for how long an individual can join with others to interact
Authority – limitations to the level of authority and/or permission individuals have to be in a certain place at a certain time
With these three constraints in mind, I deduced that I had capability limitations, in that I had neither the time nor inner will to go see a movie. Also, there just weren’t any good movies on at the time that I could justify spending $15 on (because this is how expensive movies are getting and I just do not like it). Continue reading →