The Friday Don’t Miss List

Your weekly round-up of the topics we’ve covered this week along with all the things that might not have made it in our posts the first time around, but that you should not miss…

 

 

 

 

1. Close Encounters at Comic-Con

Our post on Comic-Con gave you three of the big reveals of the conference, but don’t miss some of the other major things that happened over the weekend, including Breaking Bad star Brian Cranston walking through the halls unrecognized in a mask of his own face. Or how up close and personal encounters like the “Godzilla Encounter” are what attendees are looking for.

 

2. Crazy Cupid Dating

We talked about the rise of group dating services on Wednesday, but don’t miss that OkCupid, one of the grandfathers of dating sites, has also entered the market for Millennials with OkCupid Crazy Blind Date. Users pick a time and a place and the match is made for the blind date, encouraging young singles to be spontaneous and meet up whenever possible.

 

 

3. Kickstart It Up

Yesterday’s post on Kickstarter fashion stars featured a handy set of men’s briefs called the Speakeasys, with a pocket to hide flasks, money, or protection. But don’t miss hidden undies pockets for girls: the Boobypack. This sports-like bra, or “fannypack for your boobs,” holds and protects your valuables from excessive sweat and movement, and is available in bright neon colors to make it ideal for young ravers. The project has raised $32,725, passing its goal by 218% with 686 backers.

 

4. Registry Revolution

The wedding registry is going through some major changes thanks to Millennial marrieds-to-be. We covered a lot this week, but you shouldn’t miss NewlyWish, which lets users register for local boutiques, restaurants and vendors, bypassing major department stores. Some people though are

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

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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