Ypulse Essentials: Listen With Your Facebook Friends, Millennials & Marriage, Gen Y Ditches Logos

We’re excited about Facebook’s new feature, “Listen With,” that — logically — lets users listen to music with friends and experience songs simultaneously (even if they’re not together. Users can become DJs via a chatroom and play music they’re streaming on sites like Spotify and Rdio. We bet this feature, which is similar to Turntable.fm will be a big hit among Millennials since they always want to be connected to their friends and to music. Speaking of music, tune in to Kidz Bop Block Party!, a two-hour weekly radio show premiering tonight on SiriusXM, where kids can pick the weekly playlist and segments, chat with celebrities, and more. They can even leave shout outs online at Kidzbop.com and listen in to hear their voices on the radio. Think radio by kids for kids!) (Mashable) (TechCrunch) (Yahoo)

- Millennials aren’t as focused on marriage as previous generations (with many putting it off until later so they can first devote time to themselves and their career. Moreover, nearly 60% of Gen Y women think living together is a sufficient relationship status, even if they have kids with someone. That’s not to say Millennials are abandoning the idea of marriage, but they aren’t prioritizing it as much, especially not right away) (Forbes)

- Millennials are going back to the basics in terms of their fashion preferences (opting for quality items sans logos rather than trendy, flashy clothes. They can still show off their style, but are less interested in broadcasting the brands they’re wearing, preferring simple and classic styles instead. In other Millennial fashion news, “Glee”’s Lea Michele is the new face of Candie’s replacing Vanessa Hudgens in this sweet gig) (MediaPost) (E! Online)

- Happy Friday the 13th! Mattel’s Monster High is celebrating this spooky date all year…

 
 
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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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