Yes, the picture of the laptop is really mine. It’s slow, a little clunky, and is held together by some packing tape and a wad of tissues to support one corner. It also needs to be propped up against something for the screen to display properly. I currently have it propped up against a bowl of fruit.
Why do I keep this piece of junk? Because it still works.
Unless my current technology is broken, I refuse to buy anything new. And when I do finally purchase something new, I often feel somewhat guilted into it. You can’t imagine the heckling I get about my laptop. Or maybe you can. Like, I said I am a total laggard.
When it comes to technology purchases, the majority of people don’t fall into this category. In other words they purchase tech gadgets way ahead of me. Here are a list of classifications of other purchasers:
Innovators: Risk takers who are generally young. Their wallet can afford failures. These are the dudes who camp out when Apple releases a new product.
Early adopters: Opinion leaders who carefully try out new ideas and gadgets. This is most of the people I work with.
Early majority: They accept more change than the average person, but are still cautious. This group loves testimonials.
Late majority: Will try technology only after it has proven its place in the market. They are followers who approach an innovation with a high degree of skepticism.
Laggard: As mentioned, this is me. If you are still confused, I defer to the picture above.
Where do you fit in?
One final note, I may be a laggard when it comes to technology, but I am definitely NOT a laggard when it comes to fashion.