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SLEEP DEPRIVATION

 
 
rizza
 
Reply Sun 30 Jan, 2011 09:31 am
I'm Rizza Cruz Samson, a college student from Far Eastern University taking up Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication in Manila, Philippines. We have this subject course known as Investigative Reporting and we need to interview some experts regarding our topic Sleep Deprivation among professions. I am hoping for a little of your time to answer the following set of questions.

1. Aside from getting a better pay compared to other professions, what are the reasons why the society dictates a good reputation to the following profession:

a. Nurse

b. Reporter

c. Call center agent

2. Can the society dictate or influence a person's mindset in choosing his/her profession?

3. Can a person develop a stronger decision with regards on sticking to his job when he gets other people's approval for it?

4. What are the society's stereotypes for nurses, reporters and call center agents?

5. What are the society's stereotypes for sleep depriving professions in general?

6. How does sleep deprivation affects socializing towards other people?

7. Does sleep deprivation affects their decision making regarding socializing?

8. How does is affect family relation as well as other relationship in life?

9. Suppose some of them are extroverts and some are introverts, when both kinds are sleep deprived because of their profession, how do they differ when it comes to socializing?

10.What are the benefits of their profession in their social life?

Our interview result's deadline is on the 29th of January. Your immediate answers would be very much appreciated and would be a great help in my Investigative report's progress. I am hoping for your kind response on this matter. Thank you and God bless!
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 30 Jan, 2011 10:29 am
@rizza,
Welcome to a2k Rizza! You are asking a great set of questions here. Hope we can help your studies.

1. Aside from getting a better pay compared to other professions, what are the reasons why the society dictates a good reputation to the following profession:
a. Nurse: Most nurses work very long and stress-filled hours. Also, there is a collective cultural Florence Nightingale feeling held for those individual nurses who have a positive/good bedside manner.

b. Reporter: Reporters or investigative journalists, in theory, are constantly looking for facts and the unobscured truth. The raison d'etre of a good hard working reporter is to challenge the status quo and stand up for the little guy when say a big corporation has done something wrong against a helpless individual or community, or when a reporter places himself into dangerous situations in order to get an important story out to the public because government forces are out there to hide there own crimes against their own people, etc.... Reporters are often the protagonist of many popular Hollywood films and this creates a certain mythology for the occupation, for example: All the President's Men (1976), The Killing Fields (1984), The Insider (1999), to name a few....

c. Call center agent: In the United States, those of the call-center occupation mostly DO NOT hold a collective good reputation as there is a prejudice against the agent's language and comprehension abilities as well as their ability to understand the technical issues they face every day.

2. Can the society dictate or influence a person's mindset in choosing his/her profession?
For a time yes. Society can dictate for the most part which occupations belong to which gender. For a long time in the US, medical doctors were mostly men and nurses were mostly women. When it comes to medical doctors in the US that trend has mostly ended but to some degree and some locations in the US, the occupation of nursing is still deemed a womanly occupation.

3. Can a person develop a stronger decision with regards on sticking to his job when he gets other people's approval for it?
Obviously yes. Positive feedback and social approval of ones family and community may help the individual outweigh the negatives of ones profession and allow that individual to stick with this occupation.

6. How does sleep deprivation affects socializing towards other people?
Sleep deprivation for the most part tends to make people more cranky and less sociable and the lack of sleep is a definite obstacle for the afflicted professional especially when that person is off the job.

7. Does sleep deprivation affects their decision making regarding socializing?
One can imagine that the person's decision making skills are diminished in the social department, especially when alcohol, a coping mechanism against the stresses of the job that travel with the person's mind outside of the workplace. The professional may choose to remain single and not seek out a romantic partner simply because the stress from work is too overwhelming that searching for a romantic partner may now seem like an additional unwelcomed stress in that person's life. Sleep deprivation maybe add to this mindset by allowing the individual to resign him or herself to not even try to have a social life outside of the workplace.

8. How does is affect family relation as well as other relationship in life?
Long hours means less time spent with the family for the professional. When the professional does spend time with friends and family, they might be hindered by their sleep deprivation mentally and emotionally so that the time spent may be corrupted by that stress-induced backlash. The professional may not be able to handle the additional stresses of the inevitable family problems when he or she still has the stresses of his or her workplace hovering constantly in mind.

9. Suppose some of them are extroverts and some are introverts, when both kinds are sleep deprived because of their profession, how do they differ when it comes to socializing?
Not really sure. I assume extroverts can by their very nature adapt more easily with the stresses of worklife and their outside social life that they will least have a better chance to make a greater effort in finding friends outside the workplace. Introverts may be overwhelmed by their own social inabilities, the stresses of work that they carry away from their jobs to the outside world, and the physiological effects of sleep deprivation.

10.What are the benefits of their profession in their social life?
A higher social standing may be one thing. A greater acceptance by the community is another. Greater standard of living might help the person find alternatives that will keep the individual healthy and less effected by their expected sleep deprived fueled professions.

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Our interview result's deadline is on the 29th of January Your immediate answers would be very much appreciated and would be a great help in my Investigative report's progress. I am hoping for your kind response on this matter. Thank you and God bless!

I hope this deadline is a typo as you posted it on the 30 of January.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 30 Jan, 2011 10:38 am
@tsarstepan,
4. What are the society's stereotypes for nurses, reporters and call center agents?
For nurses, there is a stereotype that they must not be smart enough or ambitious enough in their careers to become doctors. So when a nurse makes a medical recommendation it may not be taken as seriously as if an actual medical doctor had mentioned the same diagnosis.

For reporters? I'm not exactly sure. That some reporters are there to rake up some nasty mud against an undeserving individual or group in order to create a more exciting and readable story.

For call-center agents? That they don't exactly know what they are talking about in terms of tech support or customer support. That they are just reading off a script and can not improvise away from said script even if the problem that they are confronted with from the customer has nothing applicable to said prepared script.

5. What are the society's stereotypes for sleep depriving professions in general?
Not really sure about this question. Perhaps there is a belief that there is a higher divorce rate, alcoholic rate, suicide rate amongst those individuals working in these professions.
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