My husband likes to say this about me, “Cindy is an ‘early adopter’ and an ‘early embracer'” I like new ideas – can move well into new concepts, even if they are somewhat difficult to wrap my brain around. I love a challenge. I love new technology. I will usually be one of the first to jump in. I will learn it if it KILLS ME!
But I also have a really practical side. Some would call it “cheap” – but I like practical and careful. I do my research – am an avid reader and learn all I can about new things. I love the latest gadget and you don’t have to convince me of anything – except the price. For example: I have a free wordpress.com account for my blog, I have a 3G iPhone that I got for $99 a couple of years ago when the latest iPhone came out that summer. I have two free music accounts on my computer, Pandora and Spotify. Sure the ads are annoying – but pay for a monthly subscription when I can get it for free? Never! I live on Ebay and NEVER pay retail for anything. And I would LOVE to have an iPad – and I’m looking for a used one for $99 and then I’m IN!!
My husband Greg is a late adopter, and a “late embracer”. Although I think he embraces things and new people faster than he thinks he does. He is what I would call a slow processer. Nothing wrong with that – it’s just another way of looking at things. He does not jump on the latest technology right away. He has to think about it and process things before he decides. I bought him his first iPhone a few years ago and he has the one that is the 3GS – one step better than mine – so it will do video where mine won’t – a feature that he has used quite a bit.
And he is also very practical – even more so than I am. So paying for things like computers, cell phones, web pages and music subscriptions do not sit well with him at all. But being a practical man – who also has a small business, he has had to have two web pages and he pays a monthly fee to maintain both of them. Because this is for “work” and not “play” he can easily justify it – as it brings him monthly business and that means money. But I remember this being hard for him – he didn’t jump right on.
I am aware of the “early adopters” – they are all on google+ – the techno geeks and those who are interested in the latest trends in social media. I was one of the first ones on there as well – and it’s been fun to connect with all the “movers and shakers” of technology. Some are impractical and have the latest phones and computers – some are practical like me and do not – but we are all in the same vehicle – moving forward and seeing if this generation will be changed by what google is doing right now.
I am aware of the “late adopters”. I have some in my family and in my circle of friends. Some are on the internet via facebook and twitter – some are not on either one and use email as their only source of connecting with the outside world. Believe it or not – some of these people don’t even have a cell phone. I know it’s hard to believe – but there it is.
So my question is:
Which one are you? Early or late adopter? Practical or impractical? Do you easily embrace new ideas and try to incorporate them into your lifestyle – or do you tend to think about things first and see if it will be useful? I’d love to hear your story!