Naturalistic observation is a way that is used to collect social data in real life situations. The researcher needs to be careful not to delay with the natural setting. Data can be gathered by observing from a distance without making the subject aware that he or she is been observed. The researcher can also join the setting and became a part of it so as to gain the trust of the subjects. As a result the subjects will behave normally. The observation may be direct or indirect. In the direct method the researcher is present in the setting but in the indirect method other means such as video recordings are used. Indirect method allows the observer to capture activities that would easily be unnoticed. Direct method on the other hand allows the observer to focus on particular areas of interest.