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Gadget fatigue describes a state that occurs when a user becomes confused, indecisive and overwhelmed when selecting technological or digital gadgets. The condition is usually precipitated by the release of several gadgets that share the same features and capabilities or are only marginally different from pre-existing product versions.
When numerous and similar products are released, gadget fatigue is a common result, effectively creating mental fatigue for end users that select or upgrade products, ranging from small handheld devices/gadgets to computers, laptops, tablet PCs and smartphones.
Gadget fatigue inevitably occurs due to a vendor's haste to grab market share by launching newer product versions. Similarly, other vendors also may launch newer version products, flooding the market well ahead of real customer demand.
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