Observation of Nonverbal Communication in a Public Space
Subjects of nonverbal communication are diverse, and nonverbal signals can be expressed through multiple channels ranging from subtle to more obvious signals involving gestures.
The action of looking at a mobile phone display and the often unconscious way of placing them next to us has become a ubiquitous part of modern life, occurring in public and private spaces alike. As an action that necessitates some degree of physical movement, the act of looking at a display screen thus necessarily involves nonverbal signals. Moreover, users may look at their mobile phone displays with strong intent even when this action is non-essential.