Primary Research on my tribeSocial Thing
This morning I took the Central line from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. I recorded women doing makeup and also I tried to do so as well. The problem is there are too many people in the tube in the peaking time, it’s hard to have a sit and also hard to do make-up without someone’s disturbance, I was like shaking by the tube and by the people who shaking by tube as well…
I had conversations with 7 women. I asked them why they do their make-up on the tube. 2 of them said they’ve never think about this question, they just want to sleep a little longer. and 4 women said this is a kind of way to save their time.( I think they also want to sleep longer as well, and maybe this behavior has become their lifestyle? I guess. Honestly, they didn’t want to talk too much to me, I understand they had to work but I was still sad. Just 1 women, she told too much to me. She said when she starting to work, she did this thing at home, but after about 3-4 months, she said she didn’t want to put her focus on it. She started her plan she called “Fragments of time”(not sure about the word, my listening are quite poor) She always uses this period of time to make-up at morning and read a book on the way home. She said she could read a whole book in 5 or 6 days, just by using fragments of time. I’m shocked! She told me that she didn’t do makeup every day, and what she did on her spare time, it depends on what she want to do on that day. She said even she would use this time to think about her life, to review and summarize the recent life. I think it’s an excellent time management. I also asked their thought about “public and private”, they all don’t care about it. The last women told to me that it’s none of other’s business.
I learned something from this morning! I think I’ll do it again! Besides, I’m keeping in touch with my classmates, asking the same question to them, hope to get some wonderful response.
Back to the Social Thing project, I think for me（also for our Chinese classmates and Pipe, Joy）, because of our cultural background, we are too shy to make-up in the public place. So we need something which could help us eliminate the sense of shame or something we could hide.
But for 7 women I interviewed or my Western classmates, they don’t need something to hide, so I want to do something for them, which could enhance the stability when they doing their make-up.