Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Couldn't reach you." not much of an excuse anymore.

In today's modern world can we really use the excuse "I couldn't reach you"?

I recently read " over 70% of the worlds population now have a mobile phone, that’s over 5 billion mobile subscribers, and in places like the US, it’s 9 in 10 people. " in an article about the growth of mobile phones. So pretty much everyone has a cell phone. About 1/2 of those are some form of smartphone, Iphone/Android/BlackBerry etc...

I haven't bothered to look up the stats on e-mail/facebook/twitter, but I am sure that pretty much everyone in the US has at least one account of this type.

Lets not forget the IM services out there, Google Talk/Yahoo Messenger/AOL etc..

Personally I have Android smartphone. I have accounts on Facebook and Twitter. I have e-mail accounts with Google, AOL, Yahoo,my personal domain. Because of my e-mail accounts I also have Google Talk,Yahoo Messenger and AOL IM accounts.

Oh and I almost forgot I have a Google voice account and all of my work related phone numbers and e-mails. Pretty much all of those accounts and services are available on my phone.

I am a huge gadget geek. My phone is never more then a few feet away from me. The only time I am away from it, is when I choose to be on purpose. Date nights, family time, vacation etc... Unless I have a reason to avoid it, I am available through my cell phone. For those times when I do choose to be incommunicado, voicemail / text / e-mail pick up the slack. I reply to everything, because I think it is rude not to.

Which leads me to my point.. Unless I don't want to be reached, there is no excuse for someone not being able to reach me.

I know everyone is not like this, but in today's world how many are just like me. How many can claim "There is no excuse to not reach me" ?