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Does the US Lag on Technology Adoption?

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prabhakar_deosthali   2/21/2013 10:45:57 AM

In my opinion the American consumer is more mature in terms of the sage of technology. So there is no blind trasnition to the latest available gadjet if there is still a good value for the older technology.

I guess, even in today's scenario where almost evry month new tablets and smart phones are flooding the markets , there are still some Americans who are proudly sticking to their old desktops and feature phones just because they serve their purpose and not because they cannot afford the new hi tech products.

In the third world countries the consumers are less knowledgeable about the technology behind a product and more taken by the Ads and marketing and in that process throw away -still useful - prodcuts to embrace the latest just as a fashion -sometimes.

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Rich and poor class
_hm   2/21/2013 4:52:07 AM

It may be that US is more divided in to two distinct classes - Poor/lower middle class and rich/upper middle class. Technology adoption in latter class will be very high and should be comparable to Europe or better. But low income class people in US may struggle to adopt to this ever changing technology devices. This is true in general for quality of life for low income group.


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Consumer v. 'other' technologies
Brian Fuller   2/20/2013 12:42:50 PM

I'd be interested to see that study examine the U.S.'s adoption of embedded technologies for the supply chain. I think we understand sort of viscerally that Americans--at least Americans older than say 30 or 40--have a love-hate relationship with consumer electronics technologies.

I suspect that in the supply chain the U.S. may not be No. 1 in tech adoption but it's not far behind.

Anyone ever see such a study? 

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