Digital Dating And The Catfish Phenomenon

HandsA Catfish “is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances” according to UrbanDictionary.com.  About two months ago, most Millennials, and certainly most adults, didn’t know what the term meant despite the release of a 2010 documentary of the same name. Now, it’s become a common catchphrase in culture, is the subject of a hit reality show on MTV, and is national news following Manti Te’o’s scandal. Millennials are redefining dating in the digital age, and unfortunately that sometimes means being misled online. We recently surveyed 989 13-34-year-olds about the concept of being Catfished and how they feel about online-only relationships.

Having a relationship that solely exists on the Web is more common among Millennials than one might think. Two in ten (22%) say they’ve been in an online relationship before, and nearly this same percentage (19%) believes that an online relationship is just as meaningful as an in-person relationship. This generation has grown up forming friendships and relationships on the Internet, so it’s no surprise that they feel close to others through a screen. One Millennial even wrote an article for us earlier this year about how the Internet enables friendships that might not otherwise be possible. Yes, online friendships and romances often lead to physical meetups, but Millennials still view this way of getting to know someone as socially acceptable. Texting, tweeting, IMing, and video chatting are normal ways for them to build or further a connection. Moreover, Millennials value being constantly connected through technology; they appreciate knowing that their friends or significant other is just a click away.

A recent article in Jezebel

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without marathoning a television show.” –Female, 31, NV

The Pitches are back. Yesterday the first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the cult hit 2012 aca-awesome movie, landed on the internet and the buzz is already huge. The trailer has been viewed over 6 million times in 24 hours. Pitch Perfect 2 will be out in May 2015, so fans have a while to wait, but as you can see in today's Instant Poll they'll be ready to watch. (Slash Film)

Last week, teen singer Lorde taught adults some new slang “the youthz” use when she tweeted out a compliment to Kim Kardashian. Lorde retweeted Kardashian’s internet breaking Paper cover with the comment “Mom,” which many not in-the-know interpreted as a criticism. But in reality saying “mom” to a celeb is a common compliment, meaning “adopt me/be my second mom/i think of you as a mother figure you are so epic.” (BuzzFeed)

Bailey’s is targeting Millennial women with a global campaign that “celebrates the ‘power of female friendship.’” To create a spot that would appeal to a new generation of women, the agency team and production team were predominantly female. The commercial features women around the world going out on the town together and the brand hopes it will show Bailey’s has “a meaningful role in a girls night out…[after] having had been hidden at home for far too long.” (The Drum)

The maker of the infamous Hot or Not site is back with a new, unexpected app for new parents and kids. His latest project, Cakey, is a free YouTube app that allows parents to create playlists of kid-safe videos, and choose from lists that other parents’ have shared. The simple app also includes an option that pauses video and says, “Okay, take a bite” for parents who are using Cakey to convince picky kids to eat. (Recode)

Two high schools in southern California were shut down this week thanks to threats that were posted on Yik Yak, the anonymous app that allows users to see messages from anyone in a 1.5 mile radius. Reportedly threats “of mass shootings, bombings, or other violence” made through the app is becoming a growing problem. (Mashable)

The Daily Instant Poll gives you a quick snapshot of how Millennials are weighing in on the topics that are making headlines, but there's more to our mobile network of 2 million Millennials than what makes the newsletter. Ten of our most recent featured Instant Poll results are available to Ypulse.com Silver and Gold subscribers, allowing them to compare the responses of various demographics. (Ypulse)

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