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"OK, boomer" boomerang: Millennial dig accidentally activates Google devices

While millennials can poke fun at their elders with the diss du jour "OK, boomer" -- the new, viral way of slighting baby boomers or basically anyone older than they -- we've noticed an ironic accidental boomerang effect for the smartphone generation. 

The dig that began on TikTok and recently made it even to the New Zealand parliament can activatesome smartphone microphones.

At issue is the Google "wake" command -- "OK, Google," or "Hey Google" -- which is usually prompted by voice commands for Internet searches, or instructions like "call Mom."

Google insists the wake commands are the only way your phone listens to your conversations, though we know that's not necessarily true, so "OK, boomer" sounds close enough to the "OK Google" prompt to wake your device and get it listening for the next command.

This could lead a miffed millennial to accidentally dial someone -- maybe their boss or a "boomer" they actually like, like their mom -- while they're disrespectfully dishing some of their youthful wisdom to someone who was around when non-spying landlines were a thing.

So, youngbloods: be wary next time you spout off over your avocado toast.  Or at least cover your smartphone's mic when you do.

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