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Bridging the Generation Gap through Apps

One of the biggest gripes older generations have with millennials seems to always be how often they’re on their phones. Whether they’re texting, talking, or scrolling through multiple social media platforms, it is true that most millennials own a smartphone and check it frequently. In fact, studies show that millennials spend approximately 223 minutes per day on their phones. Many baby boomers feel that mobile apps are predominantly targeted at millennials, but that is simply not the case. There are many apps that are designed for people of all ages to enjoy, making it easier than ever to bridge the generation gap and find common ground. Here are just a few apps that both millennials and older generations can benefit from.

Mint

One thing that people of all ages can probably agree on is that money management is extremely important. Mobile banking is making it easier than ever to keep track of your finances at all times, and the Mint app is something everyone should have on their phones. Mint operates as personal money manager that helps users keep track of when certain bills are due by creating unique budgets based on your daily, weekly, or monthly expenses. The app also allows users to check their credit score for free and offers tips on how to improve scores, which can be helpful for people trying to finance something big, like a house or a new car. The Mint app is something we all need in our lives, regardless of age.

Special Guest

If you’ve ever planned a party or event, you probably know that finding entertainment is often one of the biggest struggles. Entertainment booking apps, like Special Guest, are about the make your life a whole lot easier. The app, co-founded by actor and comedian Damon Wayans Jr, allows users to book various forms of entertainment, from magicians to professional dancers to oldies bands, with the click of a button. The app is designed to allow users to vet entertainers before booking them, to ensure that they will be a good fit for your event. Whatever type of event you’re having, you’re sure to find a performer that meets your criteria through the Special Guest app.

Calm

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when dealing with life’s daily tasks, and sometimes you just need to wind down and find your zen at the end of a long day. Calm, a meditation app, has got you covered. Calm offers several free meditation exercises, as well as premium features that you can unlock by upgrading to a subscription. The app has different meditation exercises based on users’ unique needs, such as a meditation exercise for college students and an anxiety-calming routine. The app also offers sleep sounds such as gentle rainfall and other relaxing sounds, which many people find helpful when trying to fall asleep. Calm is the self-care app you didn’t know you needed, and something we can all benefit from.

Lyft

Ridesharing apps have really taken off over the last few years, and Lyft is one of the most popular ones. Lyft makes getting from point A to point B extremely easy, as users can find drivers in their immediate vicinity and get picked up in a matter of minutes. Lyft is a safe and reliable way to get around, and users can see who their driver will be and what kind of car they will be in, making it easier to spot your driver when they arrive. Lyft also allows riders to leave in-app reviews based on their experience, so other users know they’re getting a driver that has been vetted by previous riders.

 


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