In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania a group of designer/technologists gathered insights about Millennials and Boomers at WCUS 2016 to consider how mobile computing has become simply a fact of life. —JM

Excerpted: Some pre-2010 attributes that we gathered:

Younger Folks
(our children, nieces, nephews)
Older Folks
(our parents, aunts, uncles)
Videogames
Edutainment
Programming
E-mail
Facebook (to escape home)
Research
Touchscreens
Downloading music
iPads and iPods
Download movies / YouTube still too slow
“How do I do things on the Internet?”
Trying to connect devices
Uploading photos
Internet as a way to find obscure guitar music
Playing Solitaire
Using MS Word/apps learned from work
Looking for information
E-mail as a social network
Acceptable to have a reply 5 days ago
Skyping the grandkids

Excerpted: Some 2016+ attributes that we gathered:

Younger Folks
(our children, nieces, nephews)
Older Folks
(our parents, aunts, uncles)
Secret communication
Impermanence
Anonymity and having a personality online
High basic computer literacy
Touch screen
Small screen is *my* screen
On mobile
Not on a desktop
Constant communicating
Hunt for trends. Shopping = shopping.
Easier to generate snackable content
Seeking validation online
Not having a phone is no longer acceptable
Sending animated GIFs
YouTube / Netflix
AR Pokémon
Mobile phones / my iPhone
Get news quickly
LinkedIn as work
Loving my Nest / IoT
Pinterest as so successful
Stay in touch with friends that lost track of on Facebook
Hunt for bargains. Shopping = buying.
Not owning a camera / just a phone
iPhone enabled transition from “I don’t understand it.” to “I get it.”
Mother was an iPad native so iPhone was easy
Browsers didn’t feel safe; apps feel safer
(iPad was gateway to email for older folks)
Sending animated GIFs
YouTube / Netflix
AR Pokémon