Boomers ushered in -- or perhaps were ushered into -- a new age in media. Representations of events through the eyes of mass media helped influence the collective perception of those same events like never before. For instance, we may think of the Zapruder film when we think of President John F. Kennedy's death, or assume that every person of this generation was at one point an extra dancing to Jefferson Airplane in a scene shot at Woodstock.
Regardless of the role imagery plays in our lives, nobody really likes their imagery small, pixilated and accompanied by tinny sound. So it's no surprise that boomers appreciate the perks and features of watching movies or TV shows on a large LCD or plasma flat-screen with audio being piped through the surround-sound speakers of their home entertainment systems.
For boomers who have spent most of their lives arranging furniture in their family rooms to accommodate a big, boxy television, the ability to hang a flat-screen TV on the wall like a painting is, well, pretty cool.
It's no wonder boomers embraced flat-screen TVs. Compared to other televisions, flat-screen TVs provide clearer images, larger images, better sound and are more visually appealing as an addition to a room.
And boomers are an ideal demographic market for flat-screen TVs. People in their 50s are most likely to make large electronics purchases, and consumers age 50 and older outspend younger adults overall by $1 trillion [source: Rogers].
Keep reading to learn which technologies are going to help boomers live longer, and better.