We tend to think of social change as slow, and it can be. But in many important cases, stagnation in social change was followed by blazingly fast progress.
Marriage equality is a recent example, but abortion, women’s suffrage, and prohibition followed similar patterns in the U.S.
These patterns lead some policy theorists to propose a Punctuated Equlibrium Theory of policy change. books
We see this in technology use as well. See Gradually, Then Suddenly, Digital Camera Decline
Source: Social Change Is Fast