The Role of Observation in Everything

Observation is something we often do instinctively. For example, it helps us decide whether it’s safe to cross the road or to determine if cupcakes are ready to come out of the oven? Observation is more than simply noticing something. It involves perception (becoming aware of something utilizing the senses) and the recognition of the subject’s importance or significance. Standing on a roadside, our eyes tell us cars are quickly approaching. Prior knowledge warns us that stepping in front of a car is dangerous, so we wait until the road is clear.


Fields where we often find observation as the key component


Science


Observation is essential in science. Scientists use observation to collect and record data, which enables them to construct and then test hypotheses and theories. Scientists observe in many ways – with their own senses or with tools such as microscopes, scanners, or transmitters to extend their vision or hearing. These tools allow for more precise and accurate observations. Scientists also use equipment to measure things like radiation or pH – phenomena not directly observable.


Technology and Businesses



We all must be aware of the impact AI and Machine Learning will have in the future, so the fundamentals of all these comprise collecting and observing the previous data and training the computers accordingly. Tech giants such as FACEBOOK, MICROSOFT, and GOOGLE are doing the same to improve and develop the quality of their products by closely observing their consumers' needs, problems, and requirements. Even this technique is not just limited to these tech giants but other companies.


Communication


Rather than just listening to what is being said, people in their environment are an important way of gathering information in such circumstances. It can shed light on how people live and the dynamics between them and confirm or contradict what has been said.


Social Work


The concept of observation in social work can be a complex and challenging task. There are a lot of things that are happening around us. Social problems often also serve important functions for society. Society is characterized by pervasive inequality based on social class, race, gender, and other factors.

  • Poverty and Homelessness. Poverty and homelessness are worldwide problems.

  • Immigration Stresses.

  • Climate Change. A warmer, changing climate is a threat to the entire world.

  • Overpopulation.

  • Civil Rights and Racial Discrimination.

  • Gender Inequality.

  • Health Care Availability.

  • Childhood Obesity.

To bring the change inside the society observing and acting accordingly is the biggest help we can offer as the citizens


How to improve your Observation Skills

  1. Stay inquisitive! Question and analyze your observations. Doing this will add value to your work.

  2. Record and consider your observations. Go beyond the things you see. Note down the smells and sounds you experience too.

  3. Test your observation by playing a memory game. Describe a photograph, or list everything in the room you're in right now without looking. And remember, practice makes perfect!

  4. Challenge yourself to a mental workout. A smarter, more agile brain will help you to observe with greater insight.

  5. Improve your concentration by cutting out distractions. Turn off your phone, log out of social media, or go somewhere quiet where you won't be disturbed.

  6. Try something new. Choose an activity that will engage your senses and heighten your awareness.

  7. Slow down and look outwards. Use mindfulness to focus your attention on your surroundings.



Research and Documented by: Saksham Chauhan