Knowledge, use and adoption of innovations by adolescents

António Magalhães Cardoso, Pedro Amorim


The innovativeness analyzes how people adopt technological innovations. To assess the degree of innovativeness of adolescents from 12 to 17 years old for the technologies used to the scale Hartaman et al (2004) based on the phenomenon of tripartite Hirshman (1980): vicarious innovativenes, use innovativeness and adoptive innovativeness. Participated in the study 140 adolescents, it was found that young people have a strong knowledge of innovations, using innovation, but do not recognize to be the first within their group to adopt the innovations. The data show that the age groups from 12 to 14 years old and male gender are more likely to innovativeness.


Adolescents, vicarious innovativeness, use innovativeness, adoptive innovativeness

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