10 Modern Technologies Baby Boomers Are Using


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GPS
Baby boomers have embraced the use of GPS for purposes of safety, convenience and simply geeking out on some really cool technology.
Baby boomers have embraced the use of GPS for purposes of safety, convenience and simply geeking out on some really cool technology.
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More so than younger generations, boomers are most likely to equate new technology with an improved quality of life [source: Rogers]. That's likely to be the case when it comes to boomers' opinions of GPS navigational systems, which not only have improved quality of life, but also saved plenty of lives.

When baby boomers were growing up, going on a trip to the Grand Canyon (or perhaps Niagara Falls) usually meant watching a parent trying to unfold a giant map in the car while the other parent insisted the destination had been overshot by only a couple hundred miles.

For purposes of safety, convenience and simply geeking out on some really cool technology, boomers have embraced the use of GPS. As often as not, these embraces are mutual, as most new cars have the option of built-in GPS, which is also standard on cell phones and utilized by online mapping systems.

So what exactly is GPS? GPS stands for "global positioning system" and it's a U.S.-operated system that involves a network of orbiting satellites (with 24 in use at any given time) that allows those with GPS receivers to determine their three-dimensional position on Earth. Portable GPS-based navigation systems geared toward boomers often feature larger screens and improved readability. Boomers can also use GPS to keep tabs on aging parents, especially those with dementia.

While we tend to think of new technologies as being youth-oriented, the needs and desires of boomers may very well dictate which new technologies we see in the years to come.

Keep reading to learn more about baby boomers.

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