You see them several times a year. They stand in lines for hours. They shell out hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars at a time. And what do they walk away with? The latest piece of technology, of course. But they also walk away with envious stares boring into their backs. "They" are the early adopters. And if you're reading this, you're probably one of them, too. (Initiates secret club handshake).
Gobbling up technology is about as American as apple pie, but what many don't understand is the need to be first. I remember waiting in line for the first iPhone. It was an experience, let me tell you. But what I remember most about it was that feeling of exclusivity. That I was going to walk away with something that was on the cutting edge. Of course there are the scoffers. You know, those people that like to wait around the people waiting in line? The ones that yell things out like "loser" and "get a life?" I can brush off comments like that relatively easily for one reason and one reason alone: they are jealous.
They have a severe case of gadget envy and I know the knowledge of someone else having a tech-tool that's freakin' awesome just makes them green. And it's not even about keeping up with the Joneses, anymore. It's about access and capability. What do I mean by this? Well, with the latest tools, you have the opportunity to develop brand new things and build businesses out of it. Understanding and keeping up with the latest technology is not just a hobby; it's a passion that businesses are built on and lives are made easier with.
Yeah, that's right, gadget enviers: the people waiting in those huge lines wrapped around electronics stores don't live in their mother's basements and fulfill your geek stereotype. They are developers. They are business people. They are changing the world.
So you can act like early adoption is the most ridiculous thing in the world, so long as you face the facts: you're jealous of those with the audacity to be first. It's okay, really. And one day, if you come around to the ways of the technologically-inclined, I may even teach you the secret handshake.