Social Media Influences Style And Self-Expression

Social Media And NailsTake a look at most female Millennials’ pictures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as their Pinterest boards, and you’ll likely see style inspiration everywhere. Social media has become a key way for young people to get beauty ideas and they’re turning to these sources, as well as YouTube, Tumblr, Polyvore, and countless other sites, to share their style and get suggestions. Posting and viewing nail art online is nothing new, but this trend is everywhere these days, highlighting just how much young people seek to share and receive information from their peers. While a picture of sparkly nails may be worth a thousand words (or likes!), we decided to survey 346 female Millennials ages 13-34 to highlight just how much social media impacts their beauty choices.

Fully 4 in 10 (43%) female Millennials have looked up nail art on social media in the past six months and 27% have posted a picture of their nails. They’re eager to try out different colors and designs, especially since nail art has become a key part of one’s outfit and a way to accessorize. This is especially the case for 13-17-year-old girls; 52% of teens have looked up nail art compared to 41% of 18-34-year-olds. This makes sense as teens are forming their identity and in doing so, they can easily experiment with their nails.Hair Ideas

Interestingly enough, even more Millennials are turning to social media for hairstyle information with 60% saying they’ve looked up hair ideas/inspiration on such sites. Again, teens (68%) are more likely to do this than older Millennials (58%), but a plurality of both age groups are still doing so. Some are looking up hair ideas on Pinterest or blogs, and nearly half (49%) report that they’ve watched a YouTube video in the past six months to learn how to do a specific hairstyle. From…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “One of my top concerns as a parent will be maintaining cultural traditions and language in the face of a new generation and stifling white media/social space.” –Female, 18, CA

Amazon is buying live video gaming platform Twitch for $970 million. Twitch has become amazingly popular with young consumers. Though many members of older generations might not understand the appeal of watching other players game live, more than 55 million unique visitors watched more than 15billion minutes of content on Twitch in July alone. The deal gives Twitch even more potential for growth, and shows that becoming a streaming content leader is a major goal for Amazon. (Streamdaily)

What has contributed to the massive drop in teen birth rates? Teen pregnancy has decreased much more quickly between 2007 and 2013 than it did 20 years ago, but the decline “has proved difficult to explain.” Theories include expected hypotheses like teens using contraceptives more, to more offbeat concepts like TV series Teen Mom acting as a deterrent. The availability of Plan B, better access to information on the internet, and even a theory that links changes in gasoline to reductions in teen pregnancy are also being discussed. (Vox)

The amount of time that young consumers spend on their phones and computers has led to plenty of concern that they won’t be able to interact face-to-face, and one study has found support for the fear. Tweens who spent five days at an unplugged outdoor camp with no tech time were able to understand emotions better than peers who stayed on their “usual media diet,” which indicates that screen time may be hampering kids’ ability to recognize nonverbal cues and facial emotions. (Newsweek)

McDonald’s Millennial challenge is no secret. Consumers in their 20s and 30s are flocking to fast-casual eateries like Chipotle and Five Guys, and their preferences are dictating the future of fast food. In the U.S., McDonald’s sales have been “flat or falling” for the majority of the last year, and consumers ages 19 to 21 who visit the chain monthly have fallen 12.9% since 2011. Young consumers’ desire for fresh ingredients and higher quality, customized meals is hurting the brand, and their attempts to lure Millennials with new menu items and social and mobile marketing is not yet changing their minds. (WSJ)

The Burning Man festival might be delayed thanks to major rain, but once it gets rolling it will provide a peek into the Millennial mindset. Fun, discovery, and community are the core principles of the event, and three themes that majorly resonate with the generation. Marketing and content that tap into one or more of these values, and allow young consumers to feel connected, creative, and surprised are likely to be successful with them. (Fast Company)

Wish you could ask Millennials what they think, right now? Ypulse's Instant Poll tool allows you to submit a question to our mobile social community of 2 million 13-34-year-old Millennials and get a quick, gut-check quantified response back in minutes. Our Bronze, Silver, and Gold subscribers use Instant Polls for brainstorming, quick-checks on brand perception, and more. Simply type in your question and click “Ask.” You’ll have directional, informative results without the overhead and wait time of a traditional study. (Ypulse)

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