3 REASONS WHY I’M NOT AN EARLY ADOPTER
For the last 20 years I’ve taught digital immigrants to conquer their fear of technology. I’ve also answered their questions, as best I could, about what device might be right for them and how to use the bugger. What I haven’t done is chase down the latest and greatest gadgets out there. You’d think I’d be an early adopter, but I’m not. I read the reviews about what’s new with technology so I can be current, but I’m slow to make a purchase. Why am I not an early adopter?
- If it ain’t broke. I don’t believe in a “Kleenex society” – use it once and toss it aside. Quite literally when I find an old tissue in a coat pocket I’m more than happy to re-use it over and over again. It takes a lot for me to replace something that’s still functioning fine and meeting my needs. Sure, sometimes I have to endure shocked expressions or ribbing that I’m still carrying an iPhone that is now 3 generations older than the one available in stores, but I can take it. Pressure from someone who thinks they know what I need or wants me to have what they have is no reason to give up what I like or am used to. I don’t base my footwear purchases on what other people are wearing or would like me to wear. Why is technology any different? What I walk in or talk on or type with has to meet my needs – not anyone else’s. I suspect that is true of you too.
- No guinea pig me. If unpaid internships pose an ethical dilemma, why doesn’t selling technology before it performs properly have us equally indignant? The analogy is weak because an intern doesn’t pay to work, but we do pay when we buy a phone or tablet or computer that has been rushed to market before the bugs have been fixed or exterminated. Since when did paying customers become unpaid usability experts? Yes, fixes come down the pipeline AFTER early adopters make a fuss. Why not offer a discount to early buyers for our expertise and feedback on the new products?
- I’m sticky. Sticky. Loyal. Content. Maybe a little bit of each. I’ve never been a fan of change for change’s sake. Statistically that’s true of most baby boomers (born before 1964) and beyond. It’s not that we sticky ones can’t learn something new or be flexible, but for heaven’s sake have it be because there’s some kind of improvement with the technology not just a need for it to look different so some users won’t get bored.
There are incredible technologies out there and all kinds of amazing things are in the pipeline. Your choice to purchase a new tech device or make an upgrade should be about it’s benefit to YOU. What can it do that your old device can’t? What need does it fill? Does it sound like something you’ll enjoy? Don’t let anxiety about learning something new prevent you from embracing change, but also be sure that you’re not succumbing to pressure to adopt something new before you’re ready or want to.
I’ll keep you up-to-date with what’s new through my newsletter and on Facebook. Be sure to visit my Store on AskAbbyStokes.com where I’ve hand-picked tech products for you. And, as soon as I take the plunge and buy a new gadget, I’ll add a helpful guide and a how-to video. If you add some great new gadget to your collection, please share your impressions with me.