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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Real Risk Avoidance: Just Don't Text!

This news story about a case that may be heard by the top court in New Jersey illustrates the potential liability that the sender of a text faces if the recipient should be driving.

To be truly risk-averse, don't think about whether it can be proven later that you did -- or did not -- know that the recipient of your text (or email or phone call).  I often run into people with this mentality. They always think, "Oh, they can't prove it. Uhhhh!" or something similarly thoughtless. 

True risk aversion, minimizing the risk, something approaching true risk avoidance, is to decide not to engage in the risky behavior in the first place. 

Just don't send that text. It can wait. Learn some patience.

Incredibly as it may seem, when there were very few cell phones 20 years ago and many of us lived with pagers and a pocketful of change, life went on. The sun rose in the east and set in the west. Business was transacted, deals were made and people met and fell in love, all without the use of the Internet.

Technology is great. Especially if you own the technology and have an endless supply of people clamoring to buy your latest killer app.

But it is not the be-all and end-all.

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