Why You Should Own a Smartphone

Recently, the use of technology and social media has been rapidly increasing among the baby boomers.  However, according to the demographics, only 37% of those ages 55 and up are smartphone users.

If you are one of the remaining 63%, then continue reading to know how helpful it is to have a smartphone in hand.

  • Increased Connectivity

Communicating with your family and friends becomes easier when you have a mobile phone.   It’s not all the time that you are at home where you can just pick up the telephone and make or receive calls.  But having a smartphone allows you to make impromptu calls and makes your family members reach you much easier.

  • Constant Internet Access

I am sure that you are already aware of the thousand things that you can do with the Internet.  But not everyone uses other devices besides a PC or a laptop.  But what if you are out running errands? Or out traveling?  That’s when a smartphone comes handy.

  • Entertainment

Who says that baby boomers don’t play games and listen to mp3’s?  According to my research, those born between 1946 and 1964 are currently the fastest growing demographic to get into mobile games.  But there are still a few (including my grandma) who prefers to play games on their computers.  What if you are bored while traveling? Or you want to kill time while waiting for your turn at your doctor’s clinic?  With a smartphone in hand, you can now listen to music and play games anytime and anywhere.

  • Taking Photos

Of course, taking photos is now part of our daily lives.  Family members connect to each other by sending photos to one another.  But it can be a hassle and time-consuming to bring a big camera, transfer your photos to your computer and upload in the internet.  Thanks to your handy smartphone, you can now just snap a photo and upload it right away.  This way, your family and friends can be updated in real-time.

  • Health Care and Emergency

There are a lot of healthcare apps that are very helpful most especially to aging adults.  From apps that monitor your heart rate, to applications that remind you and alert your family members if you miss a dose of your medicine.  Last but not the least, having a mobile phone is perfect in cases of emergency.  If there’s a medical incident, you can easily call 911 or a family member using your smartphone.

About Toni Marie

Toni is a contributing author. In addition to writing about the Baby Boomer generation, she also likes to write about relationships and health.
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