The Baby Boomer generation spends more on technology than any other single group, according to Forrester Research, which said Boomers spent more on monthly telecom fees, gadgets and devices and even on online shopping than Gen X or Gen Y.
Jim points out that this should not surprise us, given that for every teenager who asked for an Xbox or Playstation for Christmas there was a dad willing to convince a mother that it was the right thing for junior. Today, of course, devices like the Xbox stream Internet video and play DVDs when they aren’t playing games.
Ten years ago, a quarter of Boomers (those aged 46-64) used to get on the Internet daily; today it's seven in 10; Boomers also increasingly are watching online video. An eMarketer report this summer said 58 percent of 45- 54-year-olds watch online video, saying that number will rise to 68 percent by 2014.
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