Ypulse Essentials: Twilight Prom Dresses, Teens' Internet Activity, Walmart Wants Cord Cutters

Although there’s only one movie left in ‘The Twilight Saga’ (hysteria for the franchise isn’t going away anytime soon. Need proof? Just take a look at the line of prom dresses created by Alfred Angelo, the designer of Bella’s wedding dress in “Breaking Dawn: Part 1.” Now teens can have a night as magical as Bella’s prom by wearing dark, romantic, and glamorous gowns. We guess it’s better than Twilight fans faking engagements to try on Bella’s wedding dress. At least they can have outfits that are a little more age-appropriate. In other fashion news, Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashlee have officially launched their tween collection aptly called Jessica Simpson Girls featuring edgy and playful clothes, and it’s in stores just in time for the holidays!) (Seventeen) (TMZ) (MTV)

- Almost all teens are active on the Internet (but recent Pew Research reveals that older teens are much more attached to the Web than younger ones. Fully 53% of 14-17 year olds go online several times a day, while 30% of 12-13 year olds only go online once a day. But a surprising 24% of teens only go online weekly. We were also shocked to learn that only 5% of Americans use location-based apps like Foursquare. Checking in isn’t as popular as it has been despite the opportunity it provides to receive deals or show off your status to your friends. But even though such services aren’t very popular, Google+ is launching a check-in service and we doubt this will make the social network more appealing) (AdAge) (TechCrunch)

- As Millennials continue to cut the cord on cable or at least reduce their TV bill (Walmart strives to attract this market with its Vudu service. The discount empire is encouraging the creators of the video-streaming devices it sells to include Vudu’s service, and it’s…

 
 
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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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