Ypulse Essentials: Corona Light Goes After The Facebook Generation, E! Takes On Eating Disorders, When Grover Goes Viral

Corona Light goes after the Facebook generation (with a new young adult-targeted social media campaign that lets online fans contribute photos to a giant Times Square billboard the company will be running from Nov. 8 to Dec. 6—part of Corona’s push to become the “most liked light beer in America” (Mashable)

- More than 1 in 3 teens would consider skipping or delaying college for cost reasons (36 percent of those responding to a TD Ameritrade Corp. poll said the expenses involved could deter them, up from 31 percent last year. And 79 percent said they viewed a college degree as critical for future success, down from 84 percent a year ago) (Reuters)

- ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ to hit the Cartoon Network (as an animated weekly series in 2012. In the meantime, the network premiers a  ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ short, ‘The Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon,’ featuring voices from the original movie, on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.—it’ll be in the bonus materials on the DVD that comes out this Friday) (LA Times) (Variety, reg. required)

- E! takes on eating disorders (in a departure from their usual gossip-themed reality programming, with a new six-part documentary series called ‘What’s Eating You,’ following young people struggling with anorexia and bulimia. It premiers tonight at 10 p.m.) (MediaLife)

- Apple patents ‘anti-sexting’ technology (to the chagrin of free speech advocates and delight of parents everywhere. It’s an application that prevents users from sending or receiving “objectionable” text messages, with boundaries that parents can modify) (Gawker)

- ‘16 and Pregnant’ actually makes teens think about avoiding pregnancy (according to a poll conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Of those who had seen the show, 82 percent said the reality show…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “My dream car has always been a Chevy Silverado. After I have paid off all of my debt including student loans I will save to pay cash for the truck I want. I have a 3 1/2 year plan to pay off my debt and if I then take the money I am paying towards my debts and keep saving I should be able to buy my truck 1 year after that.” –Female, 22, OR

The mall doesn’t hold the same place in American culture it did twenty years ago, but it may still play a role in teen shopping tastes. A Teen Vogue survey reports that teen girls still like shopping in malls, with 65% of 16-26-year-old females saying they will do the majority of their holiday shopping in store. The top reasons they preferred mall shopping to online were seeing products in person, hanging out with friends, and bonding with their moms. (Awww.) 61% say they create their own wishlists by walking through the mall as well. (Chain Store Age)

Start hoarding bourbon. In 2015, the smooth spirit will be more expensive, thanks in large part to its popularity with Millennial consumers. Domestic bourbon sales have increased 36% in five years, and some distilleries are rationing their bottles for the first time since Prohibition. How’s that for the power of the craft cocktail trend? Bacon, that perennially trendy meat, will also continue rise in price. (Deal News)

McDonald’s sales continue to fall, and their problems attracting young consumers have been well documented this year. The number of 19-21-year-olds visiting the chain every month has dropped by 13% since 2011. “Desperate to change its image,” the brand’s latest turnaround plan (is this plan E?) includes self-service kiosks, a trimmed down menu, and a search for a “big idea” that will appeal to young consumers’ interest in social good. (Business Insider)

What did Millennials read online this year? A lot of BuzzFeed. Digiday’s look at 2014 in Millennial media consumption found that 39 million 18-34-year-olds visited BuzzFeed at least once, but traditional publications online are also attracting these younger readers. Over 20 million visited The New York Times, and almost 8 million visited The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, some “self-proclaimed” Millennial sites like Ozy and Vocativ reportedly “actually attract an older crowd.” (Digiday)

A generation delaying getting married and having children is creating interesting cultural shifts, and some hilariously awkward family moments. When one twenty-something found herself as the only single sibling and was deemed too old to be on her parent’s holiday card, she began to make her own tongue-in-cheek cards “celebrating” her solo, childless status. These hilarious missives, featuring booze and uncomfortable scenes, have gone viral, and she has become a holiday hero of the unmarried. (Mashable)

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