Question1: Tactful Inattention
Afterlearning about tactful inattention, I realized that I had used theconcept recently to handle an experience I had with my friends.Recently, we were discussing during evenings after class about howour summer holidays were. However, I was not keen on the discussionbecause I was thinking about my lost keys. I was concerned about thekeys, yet I wanted to engage with my friends so that they can assistme to look for them.
Inthis case, I was tactfully not attending to their discussion. I couldnot get away from the group, yet I was not interested in theirstories. To perform this, I kept looking at them, laughing when theylaugh, but not even sure about what joke was cracked. However, mymind, I was fully occupied thinking about where I might have kept thekeys or misplaced them. In my case, I only told them that my summerwas good. I only communicated to them at the end of the conversationthat I was thinking about my lost keys.
Question2: Impression Management
Whenin the United States, I regularly use Facebook to chat and viewpeople’s social media profiles and learn about them. However, lastweek I doubted the profile that my childhood friend was presenting.He says that he is in Japan and working in a restaurant as asupervisor, but I do not agree with the presentation. He had postedpictures of him in a nice restaurant, and one with a caption “Ilive this supervision” to match the job profile of a supervisor. Tocheck on this impression, I dug his previous posts of the last fourmonths and saw that he was still a student. I concluded that he wasan intern at the hotel, and he was just sharing pictures as asupervisor instead of the truth. This reflection assisted me tounderstand the concept of impression management as argued by ErvingGoffman.