Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Web Secret #198: the Point of No Return

There is a point in time, when new technology moves from being used by a small number of early adopters to being widespread.

It is fair to say that in the 21st century, the time span that separates a new technology from universal acceptance is becoming much shorter.

However, everyone has a personal point of no return.
  • The Apple Macintosh computer may have been introduced in 1984, but I did not have my own computer until 1996.
  • The cell phone may have been introduced in the late nineties, but I didn't buy one until 2003.
In most cases, I have to be convinced that a technology is absolutely essential before I jump on that band wagon.

Sometimes, however, my conversion is immediate.
  • Color TV? Needed this ASAP.
  • The first music CD? Listened. Bought a CD player within an hour.
  • GPS for my car? I can't find my way out of a paper bag. Got that puppy pronto.
Other gear, I had to ponder for a while.
  • Smartphones? Never had a Blackberry. It took the iPhone 4 to move me.
  • iPad? Had to play with one owned by a friend before purchasing one, and honestly, I didn't "get it" right away.
Some tech and social media innovations - I still don't own or use.
  • Blu-ray - yes, the picture is sharper, but I just don't care enough.
  • Google+ - why? Why do I need this?
  • Facebook - use it for work. Don't care to spend my personal time there.
Sometimes, I resist the latest version of something that didn't need improvement (in my opinion.)
  • Happy with iPhone 4 - don't need to upgrade to iPhone 4s.
  • Latest version of Gmail - no.
  • Latest version of Blogger - no.
What is your point of no return?

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