Interactive: How rapidly have particular applied sciences been adopted by U.S. households?


The speed at which new applied sciences are adopted by shoppers might be displayed graphically as an adoption curve. The steeper the curve, the quicker the know-how is adopted. Utilizing the graph under, you can also make up your individual thoughts if the tempo of technological change is quickening. 

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Click on on the picture above to go to the visualization. There are 3 ways to have interaction:

  • You’ll be able to click on to advance the timeline subsequent to 1860 (backside of graph) to see the development of varied applied sciences over time.
  • You may as well click on on the precise applied sciences on the appropriate margin (e.g. Flush bathroom) to see the adoption curve for that particular merchandise.
  • Lastly, for those who click on on “Add know-how,” you will note extra choices together with Amazon Prime adoption, Web, Podcasting, Social Media utilization. 


  • What do you assume are the elements that decide the tempo that new applied sciences are adopted? 
  • Decide 5 particular applied sciences (do not forget that “Add know-how” lets you choose applied sciences which might be extra present) and monitor the variety of years it took for the know-how to attain 80% adoption fee. 
    • As you examine their adoption cycles, what do you assume assist or hinder the pace at which these applied sciences had been used. 
  • Do you see any gadgets which have truly seen a DECREASE of their utilization? What might have hastened its decline? 


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In regards to the Creator

Tim Ranzetta

Tim’s saving habits began at seven when a neighbor with a damaged hip gave him a canine strolling job. Her restoration, which took nearly a yr, resulted in Tim attending to know the financial institution tellers fairly effectively (and accumulating a financial savings account steadiness of over $300!). His latest entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing government compensation packages for Fortune 500 firms and serving to households make higher faculty financing choices. After volunteering in 2010 to create and educate a private finance program at Eastside School Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim noticed firsthand the influence of an interesting and activity-based curriculum, which impressed him to start out a brand new non-profit, Subsequent Gen Private Finance.


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