10. 1 smile to go: Boomers to Zoomers
Expect more family video chats from grandma and grandpa moving forward, even after stay-at-home orders come to an end, Axios' Sara Fischer writes.
- Passover Seders and Easter celebrations across the country prompted many seniors to finally take the plunge and download Zoom.
Older generations are usually slow to adopt new technologies, but history shows that when they finally do learn, they're hooked.
- The Silent Generation — those born during and before 1945 — is Facebook's fastest-growing user base.
Several millennials told Axios about lengthy, painful and comical FaceTime calls with grandparents and parents to walk through Zoom's install process.
- "On the second night of Passover, I experienced a new kind of plague — trying (and failing) to get my grandmother onto Zoom," said Jenny Hurwitz, 30, general manager of a recruiting company in New York City.
- "After spending 57 minutes on FaceTime trying to explain the process (all while checking the brisket and stirring the matzo balls) we realized it wasn't going to happen and gave up."
A 29-year-old social media manager living in D.C. said: "We stared at grandma's chin the whole time because she couldn't position the camera on her iPad correctly."