Ypulse Essentials: Tablets Ownership Doubles Over The Holidays, Printz Awards Announced, Get Doodling For Google And Crayola

Teens using a tablet PCThe number of Americans who have a tablet or e-reader (jumped significantly between December 2011 and January 2012, thanks to robust holiday sales, according to Pew Research. In fact, among Millennial adults, tablet ownership — at 24% — surpasses e-reader ownership at 18%. Both figures more than doubled over the holidays. That suits Barnes & Noble just fine — its aim is to put a Nook in the hands of every family member, and the company believes we’re just seeing the dawn of the digital kids book era. Of course, just because they have tablets doesn’t mean they’re using them for particularly tech-y tasks…or at all. RBC Capital finds that Kindle Fire owners are far more likely to use their device for reading than Web surfing, and a separate survey in the UK finds that half haven’t used their fire since they first took it out of the box. We suspect this is far less likely to be the case with iPad owners) (PaidContent) (Shelf Awareness)

- YA lit readers everywhere were eagerly awaiting this morning’s announcement (of the Printz Award at the ALA Conference. And the award goes to…“Where Things Come Back” by John Corey Whaley! Four Honor Books were also named: “Why We Broke Up” by Daniel Handler, “The Returning” by Christine Hinwoodand, “Jasper Jones” by Craig Silvey, and “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Steifvater. Did they get it right? Tell us in the comments… Here’s a roundup of the children’s books winners as well, including the Caldecott and Newberry Awards and more) (American Libraries Magazine) (Omnivoracious)

- Get doodling for the fifth annual Doodle 4 Google (student art contest! This year, the winning student will not only have his or her design featured on the Google homepage for a day, but also on Crayola’s iconic box of 64 colors. Ahh, the sweet smell of success…and…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “It's cheaper and more fun to make my own Halloween costume. Also that way my costume will be different from everyone else's.” –Male, 17, PA

In stories of cyberbullying, Formspring gained a reputation for being an epicenter for negativity and hurtful anonymous comments between teens. The platform shut down last year thanks to that toxic history, but in its wake new site Sping.me wants to be “the friendliest social network,” joining the fight for positivity in social media. Like Formspring, Spring allows Q&A discussions and chats, but the site wants those chats to facilitate making friends. Spring’s slightly older userbase (an average age of 24) is one factor they hope will keep the environment relatively gossip and troll-free. (TechCrunch)

In our most recent Ypulse Quarterly trend report, we talked about Chasing Neverland, a trend of Millennials wanting to recapture the carefree feeling of their childhood. One example? The pre-work dance parties that have become popular in New York, LA, San Francisco and Atlanta. Daybreaker, the company throwing these energetic events, emphasizes health and wellness, and says the parties are all about having a unique, fun, in-person experience. According to one organizer, “There’s an outcropping of excitement for interactivity and real community experiences. Millennials—they’re tired of online.” (Mashable)

Millennials are getting serious about saving. According to a new study, the number of young workers enrolling in 401(k) plans increased 55% in the first half of 2014. A major factor behind the increase is the “sheer number of Millennials entering the workforce.” Today they make up 25% of workers, and by 2020 that number is estimate to climb to 50%. (Time)

The rumored anonymous Facebook app is here: Rooms is a mobile network that aims to bring people together based on mutual interests instead of mutual social connections. Users can create a room around any topic, from bee keeping to World of Warcraft, and other people can join those rooms using any username they choose. Room accounts are not connected to Facebook accounts, and the app is based off of the idea of online forums more than recent iterations of social networking. (Fast Company)

Archie, Betty and Veronica are coming to TV: Fox is developing a “subversive take” on the iconic comic series. The show,Riverdale, will reportedly be a combination of the small-town teen sagas of Dawson’s Creek and the weird, mysterious happenings of Twin Peaks. The plot will focus on the darker elements lurking under the “wholesome façade” of the town, and other characters from the Archie franchise will be involved—Josie and the Pussycats will reportedly play a “big role.” (SlashfilmUproxx)

Did you know that Ypulse tracks social media trends in our biweekly surveys? We found that Vine, Twitter, and YouTube have seen steady growth since November 2013, gaining 9%, 10%, and 13% more Millennial users, respectively. Our Silver and Gold tier subscribers explore helpful visuals that detail our tracked trends in the Data Room on Ypulse.com. (Ypulse)

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