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Are We Too Accessible?
By: Devon Travern
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Are We Too Accessible?
 
Am I too accessible? It’s a question I ask myself every now and then.  Today we live in an age where people do not have to rely on a phone call to contact you. If giving you a ring doesn’t work they’ve got Facebook, Twitter, text, and email. It’s almost as if one cannot escape contact with the general public even if he or she wanted to. In my opinion, a little seclusion is good sometimes but it seems that we are quickly approaching the days when that is no longer an option. My issue with that is, I do not think it’s healthy.

Generally I am in full support of the way social media has improved communication. It has enabled us to stay in contact with friends and family. My friends and I even helped our good friend find his long lost father through the power of Facebook. What a beautiful thing. Mobile email and text messaging has allowed me to do a great job with my professional aspirations. At the drop of a dime I have been able to cooperate with whoever I may have been working with at the time to execute my responsibilities on the go. Social media and mobile communication have definitely improved our lives in that respect.

However, now it seems as though in order to truly get some peace and quite you have to literally disappear. You can’t post a simple tweet because that indicates you are free and available. The same goes for posting Facebook statuses and Instagram posts. These popular social platforms are supposed to be for fun and leis ure. If I’m trying to stay to myself it seems I cannot even interact on these platforms without opening the door to messages and conversations. Have we reached the point where it’s become too much? Subconsciously, I think we are losing the ability to respect one another’s space.

For example, yesterday I received an email from my job. A customer I had previously worked with was upset for one reason or another. My manager reached out to me to contact the customer to resolve the situation. There was one problem. I was off and out of time. Yet, my boss still felt it was acceptable to contact me about work during personal hours that I was not being paid for. I’m sure in her mind she thought there was nothing wrong with it. However, in my mind I thought it was overboard. Not offensive or anything, just overboard. As a result, it made me realize that maybe I am too accessible. Maybe it’s time to train ourselves to remember that what we need to tell someone may not be as important to him or her as it is to us. Instant communication is an absolutely incredible tool when used in moderation and with respect. We must remember nothing is so important that we must have complete access to another person. 


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About the Author
Devon Travern is a student of all that surrounds him. He believes in the world's need for innovation and forward thinking. With a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensbroro, his passion lies in social media and branding. As Founder and Editor-in-Chief of LiveInspired Magazine, Devon is focused on sharing the stories of up-and-comers set to revolutionize the way we live. As a freelance social media strategist and branding consultant, he has also played a role in helping to build and establish the brands of companies such as KadoNYC, Gallium Digital Agency, and No Hassle Co. A cultural connoisseur and a visionary, Devon seeks to help others realize their potential while reaching his at the same time
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