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Top Consumer Electronics Of All Time

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Gameboy, LiteBrite not on list

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The greatest consumer electronics of all time is a pretty extensive topic to cover. You’ve got the TV. Cell phone. Digital camera. Boombotix BB1. The list goes on and on and on.

That’s why a subject as broad as this requires professional minds like the Journal of Management and Marketing Research (JMMR for all of the acronymically inclined out there). They did a study way back in 2011 on electronic products that were most quickly adapted by the American people. The big winner?

Wait for it…

Wait for it…

The boombox. Yup, go ahead and read that line again. The boombox was the fastest adapted consumer electronic of our time.

About the study

As far as parameters for the JMMR study, the author, Tarique Hossain, specifically looked at data from the Consumer Electronics Manufacturing Association and what he described as the “observed penetration at the end of the 7th year” for various technologies, figuring that, in layman’s terms, this is the make or break point for a product where it can either be considered fully adopted by the market or not.

Here’s something cool about the results, though – take a look at the first handful of technologies. They’re all audio-based and for entertainment purposes, not for professional or media needs whatsoever (like, say, a fax or copy machine).

Top Consumer Electronics Adoption Chart

So, what does this all even mean?

It’s all in how you interpret the data. Things like cost play a huge factor in consumer adoption – the higher the price, the longer it takes for consumers to adapt to them (outside the seven year mark in some cases). Cell phones are a good example – they needed to be on the market for a good amount of time before they became more affordable, and it was at this time that their adoption rate began to really explode.

You also have to consider the device’s adaptability. Going back to the cell phone example, you need service in order for it to work; not really the case with the boombox. It’s self contained and doesn’t need a phone line, monitor, or additional speakers. So, other technologies can impact consumer adaptability of a particular electronic.

The real lesson to come from this study – versatility + affordability = greater and longer consumer acceptance of the electronic device.

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