Boomers are clearly using their devices for practical reasons. “Obviously it can be integrated into a smart home,” said one smart-speaker owner, who called his “an overall valet for your day-to-day life.” But the relationship goes deeper than that. “It becomes a device that isn’t a device anymore. It’s an entity in your life that’s always behind the scenes for things you need.” He’s had his speaker for over a year now and “it hasn’t let me down.” Another owner who’s had his voice-activated speaker for over a year said, “I tend to talk to it as if I’m asking a friend a question.” “I’d call it an ‘e-lative,’” said one person, who’s owned two speakers for six months. It’s “like an electronic relative.” Get the full story at Think With Google