The Joy Of Being A Late Adopter Of Technology

I don’t need the newest or coolest devices, just ones that are right for me, and I’m not ashamed of it

Janice Harayda
Lit Life

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Steve Jobs unveils the first iPad in 2010 / Apple.com

Last month, 14 years after Steve Jobs introduced “a truly magical and revolutionary product” at an Apple press conference in San Francisco, the revolution came to my beach cottage on Mobile Bay.

I bought my first iPad.

The same day, I bought my first 5G phone, an iPhone 15 Pro Max. It replaced my 10-year-old iPhone 6 Plus, which I’d held together with Goody elastic hair ties after the touchscreen began to rise like a magic carpet from the device. The battery apparently had swelled and, as the staff at the AT&T store told it, it could have burst into flames at any moment.

What kind of person unknowingly walks around with a fire hazard in her purse?

Tech bros bash people like me as throwbacks. Social scientists call us “laggards,” the slowest of the five types of adopters of technology first identified in the 1950s. Even our best friends find our behavior odd, lording their late-model gadgets over us and smugly implying that we don’t know what we’re missing.

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Janice Harayda
Lit Life

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book editor of the Plain Dealer and book columnist for Glamour. Words in NYT, WSJ, and other major media.