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Personal boundaries and etiquette just as important in a digital age

By Christina Uptain
On September 20, 2018

In a relatively short span of time, technology has changed the way we communicate and even meet each other. 

Gone are the days of checking answering machines and waiting by the phone or anticipating the mail delivery to get a message from a friend, classmate or loved one. 

At any given time, millions around the globe, including college students, are constantly communicating with relative ease across a variety of channels available with the tap of a finger. 

Lost bonds are rekindled, family news is shared with those who cannot be nearby, and new acquaintances become friends.  

As convenient and blissful as this can seem, there is an element of invasion into our personal time and lives, some of which can turn into more sinister or harassing encounters.  

In a world where instant connections are made but not as easily terminated, it would seem now more than ever one needs to be cautious about intentions for what may appear harmless at first. 

While bombardment of interaction is certainly no stranger to males nor females, it is the opinion of this writer that women have a disadvantage in this area. The level of contact that is inappropriate, unsolicited and uncomfortable is always a threat and can be frequent for some. 

Women still have battles to fight along the lines of true equality, and this also goes for how we are treated in electronic mediums.

 With so much information readily available on the internet and the hacking skills of others, women must be mindful to tread carefully when using modern technology and dodge proverbial bullets almost daily. 

Just because something can be done, doesn’t mean that it should be done. 

Boundaries still exist, even when they cannot be seen across miles and along the data chains.

 Just because no one is directly witnessing the event doesn’t mean that it will cause less damage or impact to someone and how they feel about themselves or their situations. 

Consent doesn’t stop at physical contact. Respect others’ rights and choice to participate, whether in person or electronically. 

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