Monthly Teen Mag Roundup

Few phenomena have reached the level of fandom among teen girls as One Direction and “The Twilight Saga,” so it’s only fitting that these two topics appear on the cover of December/January teen magazines. One Direction have established themselves as the most popular young stars this year, and this month marks the end of an era for Twihards with the final film, “Breaking Dawn - Part 2.” We’re sure the newest issues of Teen Vogue and Seventeen will be a favorite among readers for their cover stars, as well as the variety of content packed inside.

Harry Styles Teen VogueEach member of One Direction has their own cover for the latest issue of Teen Vogue, tapping into their enormous influence and providing collectable content, which young people crave. The Fantastic Five, as Teen Vogue calls them, continue to rise in popularity and they’re featured inside the mag with a spread on their massive success, how they got to where they are, the recent release of their second album, “Take Me Home,” and their upcoming world tour.

Speaking of fame,Teen Vogue also features Maude Apatow, the daughter of Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann who’s made a name for herself on Twitter. She’s proving to be a voice of tweens with her relatable and witty tweets and she’s wise beyond her years, as evident from the articles she writes for HelloGiggles. She also explains how she wants to be like Lena Dunham and Sofia Coppola, talented female writers who are role models for many girls as well. Maude is one to watch for providing relatable commentary in 140 characters or less.

When it comes to fashion, this month’s issue highlights how a new generation of girls are proud to wear the pants. They’re embracing pantsuits, showing their power, especially in the business world. They aren’t afraid to rock menswear-inspired styles and they seek to…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “When I hear the phrase ‘The American Dream' I think…A loaded term that is meaningless these days. At this point, I'd be happy if I can manage to live a mostly comfortable, independent life. Is that The American Dream? I don't know.” –Male, 25, PA

When it comes to kids using tablets and smartphones, most of the attention is given to the dangers of it all: what will it do to their attention spans, their minds, or their health? But there are potential positives to their mobile use as well. One (Millennial) mom’s reasons for continuing to give her kids handheld devices include the importance of encouraging their technology and problem solving skills, expectations that they will know how to use them in school, and a hope that her girls will be involved in tech in their futures. (Hip Mombrarian)

This might be the year that vending machines became a full blown marketing trend, and Nike has put their own athletic spin on the tactic. Their recent “secret” vending machine in NYC, the Nike+ FuelBox, dispensed products like hats, shirts, and socks that visitors could only pay for with daily points from their Nike+ FuelBands, encouraging exercise in exchange for goods. (Engadget)

We’ve seen FoMo, the rise and fall of YOLO, and now social media has given us MoMo, the “Mystery of Missing Out.” Unlike FoMo, Fear of Missing Out when you see your friends posting a ton of fun pictures on social media, MoMo is the anxiety that results when friends stop posting. In the words of one Millennial, “’what can be so good that they aren't posting?’” It might seem silly to some, but for a generation used to being connected with friends nearly all the time, the feeling of exclusion that results from being left out and unaware of what’s happening is real. (Jezebel)

The value of higher education is already being questioned by Millennials, and evidence is continuing to mount that college systems and hierarchies need to be rethought. One former Yale professor is making headlines by telling parents not to send their kids to Ivy League schools, and that those who attend are not the “winners in the race we have made of childhood” but that instead elite education produces “anxious, timid, and lost” young people. (New Republic)

Oh, Barbie. She's had a rough year, and Mattel recently released an Entrepreneur Barbie in an attempt to tap into girl power marketing, and revive flagging sales. But is the reality that Barbie is just too perfect for today’s kids? The brand’s offbeat, weirdo Monster High dolls do far better than pristine, “clean cut” blond icon. Tapping into new trends in toy tech and giving Barbie a renewed sense of “imaginative play” might help, but at the same time post-Millennials, like the generation before them, could be turned off by anything that doesn’t show some flaws. (The StarPhoenix)

Quote of the Day: “When I hear the phrase ‘The American Dream’ I think of 1950s cliches, the economic downturn of 2008, and how college debt has pretty much made it impossible.” –Female, 17, RI

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