The Rise of Snap-Judgment Dating

If you haven’t heard of Tinder yet, you probably haven’t been hanging out with any single Millennials lately. The dating app has become big buzz in recent months, finding popularity on college campuses and in urban dating scenes alike. The basic premise of Tinder is to connect you with new people in your area (within a 50 mile radius) that you already have common interests with. Using Facebook information, the service presents potential matches to the user based on a rating composed from a combination of shared friends, interests, and networks. Once two users have expressed mutual interest in one another and a match has been made, they can chat through the app and then meet up in real life.
 
On one level, Tinder is a perfect example of the technology that facilitates Millennials’ real-life interactions. It connects people with common interests, and allows them to test the waters of communication by chatting casually through the app before deciding to actually meet. A useful service with a positive purpose: helping young digitally savvy people meet and find love, and one that some may say is especially needed in the modern dating world where old structures of courtship have broken down.
 
But on another level, Tinder puts the superficial snap-judgment front and center in the pre-dating process. The most addictive (and talked about) feature of the app is the ability to filter through potential dates with the swipe of a finger. Images (and the name and age) of possible matches are shown in a seemingly endless stream and then pushed into “like” or “pass” categories— mostly based just on their profile picture, and often in a mere few seconds. Think Hot or Not for dating. To use another comparison, it is essentially the digital version of the now-defunct MTV dating show Next, in which…

 
 
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Most Millennials don’t have a huge amount of disposable income to donate to charity, but they want to make a difference in the world—which is a big reason non-profits need to pay attention to them. For now, they prefer to give in smaller increments, but the size of the generation means that those micro-donations add up. They are also eager to have a chance to make a hands-on impact, so “more non-profits should consider how to get their Millennial supporters in the field.” (Huffington Post)

GIF-powered marketing is on the rise, and Netflix is taking it to the next level. Their new outdoor campaign in France is comprised entirely of GIF posters that will change depending on things like the weather and news events. A team will be creating custom GIFs from the shows and movies available on Netflix, which will then be broadcasted on the posters with an accompanying message. For example, if a team wins a big game, the GIF shown would be of a character celebrating, with a message about the victory. (Digiday)

It’s not news that college kids tend to drink heavily, but the reasons why they binge-drink might be more complicated than just wanting to party. One hypothesis is that today’s teens, who are growing up with high pressure to succeed and with less “unstructured leisure time” thanks to an extracurricular-packed schedules, just “don’t know how to relax.” Drinking provides a clear delineation between work and play, and gives them a coping mechanism for dealing with the free time and socializing that they just aren’t used to. (NYMag)

Modern moms and dads might be responsible for that steady feed of baby pictures on Facebook, and turn to online forums for baby-rearing support, but social media can also stress them out. A recent online survey reports that 60% of moms ages 18 to 34 (majority Millennials) say they wish they could cut back on platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Excessive marketing, annoying invites, and the pressure to present a perfect life are all reasons these younger moms wish they could unplug. (ABC News)

Chat apps have become mainstays of young consumers’ communication, which means that written messages are even more temporary than ever. But what if they wanted to keep those digital chats for posterity? Memeoirs makes physical books of WhatsApp, Facebook, and email conversations, which means anyone could “create a library" of their digital life. (The Next Web)

We give you a dose of Millennial insight on a daily basis, but every quarter, we zoom our lens out to look at some of the larger trends happening within the generation—and why they matter to brands. Our Gold subscribers have access to the Ypulse Quarterly report, an in-the-know guide to Millennials that synthesizes the major trends and stats we’ve seen over the last quarter of the year. (Ypulse)

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