Are you the first person you know to buy a new gadget, try a new idea, discover a new band, or go to a new restaurant? If so, you may be what people call an “early adopter” – someone who notices and embraces trends right before they become popular. And early means very early – early adopters represent the first ten to fifteen percent of a product or idea’s customer base.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably hear the term “early adopter” before. I was surprised to learn that there is a whole lifecycle to how an idea, trend, or product gets adopted. The early adopters come early, but there’s a few people even earlier than them… the innovators. And after the early adopters, the early majority embraces a trend, followed by the late majority. Finally, people who are more traditional (“traditionalists”) may or may not embrace something once it becomes mainstream.
I find this a fascinating topic, and research seems to suggest that whether you embrace something quickly or slowly says a lot about your personality. Makes sense – there is a huge gulf between innovator and traditionalist. I thought that this would be an interesting topic to write about, and I decided to widen it a bit past technology. Not all of us can afford the latest Apple gadgets, but many of us are quick to adopt new ideas, foods, and fashion trends 🙂
To find out where you are on the adoption lifecycle, take my latest quiz: Are You An Early Adopter? Let me know what you get on this one, and what you think about new ideas / technology / trends in general.
Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):
- What do you get on Are You An Early Adopter? Is it true for you?
- What sort of things do you tend to be an early adopter for?
- What sort of things do you tend to be a late adopter for?
- Have you ever been an early adopter of something that didn’t work out?
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