Naming the Next Generation Speaker Q&A: Neil Howe

On June 26th Ypulse will be Naming the Next Generation.* Neil Howe, author, historian and generational guru, will be joining us in our quest to find a name for post-Millennials that fits their unique generational experience. Neil has been a pioneer in generational theory, writing nine books on American generations.  Along with William Strauss, he first coined the term “Millennials,” describing this generation with remarkable foresight as far back as 1991. We can think of no one better to help us to name the next generation, in fact, we wouldn't have dreamed of trying without Neil's help. Today Neil tells us about why we need to move away from the term “Gen Z,” how post-Millennials will be the oldest group to not recall a time before the Great Recession, and how this generation could be like Millennials ... on steroids.
 
*Register to attend Naming the Next Generation, and you can give your own suggestions on what the next generation should be named here!
 
Ypulse: What do you think is the biggest difference between Millennials and post-Millennials?
Neil Howe: I think it’s important to establish what we mean when referring to “Millennials” and “post-Millennials.” My definition for “post-Millennials” includes those born after 2004, so these are kids currently just entering grade 2 of elementary school. Yes, that date remains tentative. You can’t be sure where history will someday draw a cohort dividing line until a generation fully comes of age into adulthood. But since there are good reasons why social generations tend to be 20 or so years long, I am naturally suspicious of a definition that abruptly limits Millennials to only 10 or 15 birth years.
 
Right now, the biggest difference is the emphasis on socialization, pushed on them largely by their Gen-X parents and teachers.…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “I was given ties and a vest this past holiday season.” –Male, 15, MO

Dove continues to be a leader in body-positive, girl power advertising, and they’re tackling a new beauty issue: curly hair. Their new ad begins by informing viewers that only 4 out of 10 curly haired girls think their hair is beautiful, so the call-to-action shows mothers and friends embracing their natural texture to inspire more confidence in young girls. The commercial features several females of color, promoting Dove’s message to encourage all women “regardless of race or ethnicity” to “embrace their curl type." (TimeAdweek

Millennials and teens want the marketing on their social platforms to match the content they already see there. To that end, Tumblr has handpicked a group of their site’s successful artists to join the Creatrs Network, which will help brands to create ads that fit in naturally on Tumblr’s GIF and image-heavy feeds. The group will work with advertisers to create nonintrusive ads that “its users never even notice,” and that are so attractive they will hopefully want to share. A small part of the Creatr Network works on “GIFing major events,” and Tumblr says that it has already paid $250,000 to these members. (The Verge)

15-year-old Ben Pasternak created the addictive mobile game Impossible Rush, which received over 500,000 downloads in six weeks, and now Google, Facebook, and Yahoo all want a piece of him. Patsternak stood out among the 450 Millennials accepted to Hack Generation Y, a hack-a-thon in which teams of young entrepreneurs create a product in a mere 36 hours. Pasternak’s team worked to re-code and revamp his social aggregator app One. The teen is one to watch in the tech world: he hopes to have an internship in the U.S. and said of his secret side project, “Watch out, eBay.” (Mashable)

Tapping into vloggers and bloggers has become a common, lucrative practice for brands looking to capture young consumers. L’Oréal Paris has launched “The Brush,” it’s first global video contest to find the digitally savvy new face of their brand. Beauty designers can upload a three-minute video demonstrating their talents to be judged by a panel of experts that will include popular YouTube beauty content creators. The brand is looking for a makeup artist that will help create shoots and beauty tutorials, represent the brand, and design high-end looks for everyday women. (Adweek)

The number of babies born to teens annually fell by 38.4% between 2007 and 2013, and while these numbers are obviously celebrated, the reasons for the drop remain a mystery. It is possible that a “perfect storm” of cultural, educational, and economical factors is responsible: Researchers point to high unemployment creating a climate that breeds more cautious behavior in teens, innovative sex-ed programs, and TV shows like Teen Mom as possible factors. The release of the iPhone may even receive some credit by making information on the internet more accessible, as well as driving kids to hang out less in real life. (Vox

Have some lingering questions about Millennials that you need answered for an upcoming meeting? That’s what Ypulse is here for. Silver and Gold subscribers have access to Ypulse's trend and Millennial experts for quick, personalized feedback on any topic. After each insights article, subscribers can submit questions and requests directly to our experts and receive instant responses. (Ypulse)

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