Seniors May Be As Hooked to Smartphones As Their Grandkids

It took a long time for my 69-year-old mother to break down and get a smartphone — “They’re too expensive.” “Who am I texting, anyway?” — but since buying her secondhand iPhone two years ago, she’s barely put it down. Word Crack, a Boggle-like word game, is her aptly named drug of choice. But she also uses her phone’s tiny screen to read books borrowed digitally from the library (a book-a-day habit) and, of course, to FaceTime with the grandkids.

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