We're All Gadget Geeks

New survey says most Americans embrace cutting edge technology

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    SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 05: An Apple Special event attendee holds the new iPod Classic September 5, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Jobs announced a new generation of iPods. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    You might not think of 80 year old Ruthell Wilson as a gadget gal, but with a laptop for sharing and storing photos, and an iPhone in her purse, she is proof that the race to be an early adopter of technology is becoming mainstream.

    "I'm a dare devil," said Ruthell. "I love to do things people think I'm not supposed to do."

    A study out this week from Forrester Rresearch found 50 percent of all American adults are gamers, 63 percent have a broadband connection, and 75 percent have a cell phone and personal computer in the home.

    Americans bought 10 million high definition television sets last year, in part because of the government mandated switch to digital television, said salespeople at Ed Kellum and Sons in Dallas,

    Families are a driving force behind the widespread adoption of technology.

    Not only are their kids playing with home gaming consoles; parents are likely to purchase MP3 players, digital cameras and camcorders to record their family memories.