Published on May 15th,2013 at 5:30 PM
By >Akihabaranews Contributor

Adopting New Technology: When Being Quick on the Draw Is a Good Thing

There are two types of technology users — those that like to have the latest and greatest devices and those that use their devices until they are obsolete. There really isn’t one best user, but some people are criticized for buying devices as soon as they are released to the public because of the higher cost. So, here are three reasons that being quick on the draw to adopt new technology is actually a good thing.

 

You Gain a Higher Perceived Social Status

Adopting New Technology: When Being Quick on the Draw Is a Good Thing

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There is a thrill about having something before others. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “keeping up with the neighbors.” Well, technology has a similar effect. When you are the first to adopt new technology, people think you are better — sometimes because you can afford the luxury and sometimes because you are just hip. So, if having a higher social status is important to you, being quick to adopt technology is a good way to get there.

 

You Can Become an Authority on a New Device

Adopting New Technology: When Being Quick on the Draw Is a Good Thing

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Some people need to know devices inside and out to do their jobs well. For instance, a tech blogger needs to adopt new technology early to bring news about devices to his or her readers. Additionally, salespeople that adopt new technology early in the game are better able to help customers with questions because they have become an authority on the new devices. There are countless other jobs that benefit from having the latest and greatest technology and tech devices. So, it’s a good idea to be the first to own a new tech device if it affects the performance of your job.

 

New Technology Can Solve an Active Need

Adopting New Technology: When Being Quick on the Draw Is a Good Thing

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Sometimes your life is just better when you adopt new technology because it solves an active need. For instance, cloud computing makes it easier to share files from one computer to another and smartphones give users access to thousands of apps that make life better. So, if you don’t already have access to a smartphone or laptop, your life isn’t as good as it could be. Staying on the front edge of technology means that you will always have the best and be able to meet your needs better than other people. Remember, as you are reading this, there is a developer out there who is trying their best to push you to the forefront of technology.

As you can see, adopting new technology isn’t always a bad thing. However, there will always be people who refuse to make changes until they absolutely have to. There are several reasons people refuse to buy new tech devices, such as they think the devices will cost too much, they think the device they are currently using is perfectly fine and meets all of their needs, and they are unaware of the advantages to owning new tech devices. So, don’t let these people drag you down. If you want to be the first to own a new tech device, go for it.

Do you like to be the first in your group of friends to adopt technology or do you hold out as long as possible? Tell us why in the comments below.

 

Resources:

http://www.uie.com/brainsparks/2011/12/21/why-people-adopt-or-wait-for-new-technology/

http://www.pandemiclabs.com/blog/social-media/premature-adoption-can-companies-adopt-new-technologies-too-quickly/

http://www.bridges-to-technology.com/page23.html

 

Via AkihabaraNews Guest Contributor:

Shaun Chatman is a well published author on many authority sites. He lives in Dunedin, FL, and spends his free time playing with his kids or advising friends on tech, gadgets, finance and travel.

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Comments
 

  • Dee

    I know the advantages of smartphone yet i still don’t see the need to buy one, i don’t buy technology because people around me buy new gadgets, i don’t feel the urge to buy new products just because there is something new, because i don’t believe that new equals progress, there are many people around the world living without smartphones or computers or TVs, and they live happily.

    New Technology is not a guarantee for a better life, happiness or progress, for me it’s just a myth, people want to believe that buying the latest and the greatest will give them something, it might be true sometimes but now buying iPhone 5S after owning iPhone 5 is nothing but consumerism.

    No, I don’t buy any technology unless i have to, that’s why i have so called “dumbphone” and sometimes i buy because i want to, like when i bought my digital camera, and i feel that trying to buy the latest gadgets is just waste of money.

 

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