“When I reflect on the way the iPhone shaped and strengthened multigenerational communication, I’m often reminded that many see smartphones as the very things that keep us distracted from each other,” Garun writes. “But for my family, it’s the gadget that virtually connects us together. Maybe that’ll change when my mom learns how to download apps, but for now she seems occupied enough with sending me daily photos of the food she cooks to entice me back home for a visit.”
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MacDailyNews Take: For the most part, we call our grandparents on the phone, but we mainly use Messages and Instagram to communicate with our parents (some voice still, but not anywhere near as much as the pre-iPhone days; they initiate the voice calls far more than we do, for sure). With our friends and family of similar age, we almost never use the Phone app. How about you?