Ypulse Essentials: Youth Brands @ SXSW, Double Dutch, 'The Greatest Generation'

sxsw2009Youth brands are more than background noise at SXSW (sponsors for the indie music festival clamor to get noticed by 12,000 wallet wielding attendees with music showcases and free parties.  Also, AdRants picks up a discussion on marketers misusing social media sparked by a panel held during the interactive portion of the festival) (New York Times, reg. required)

- Spring Break, not broke (Gen Digital compares college students’ plans for this year with 2008, and the results aren’t as dramatic as expected. Plus, studentactivism.net calls out the student drinking study we mentioned in an earlier Essentials—“College Freshmen Study Booze More Than Books”— for sensationalizing their results. Apparently, the company that ran the study offers online alcohol education programs to colleges)

- Hip to be square (the latest Obama Effect? Black teens who aren’t shy about showing off their smarts. Plus, to get more students involved in competitive sports, New York high schools introduce Double Dutch) (Boston Globe) (Salon, day pass required)

- More on the media-induced ‘sexting’ scare (don’t believe the hype or rather keep it in perspective - Anastasia is quoted. Plus, The New York Times examines the bullying ways of secret societies in prep schools) (San Francisco Chronicle)

- Adults infringe on teen jobs (as unemployment continues to climb, older, more appealing candidates vie for traditional teen positions. Plus, Chinese millennials ask similar questions about employment in the face of the economic downturn) (Chicago Tribune) (WSJ)

-Kids Choice’ (corners the award show market for the kiddie crowd, according to the Boston Herald. Assuming they aren’t aging up and watching the MTV offerings?) (Boston Herald)

- Mobile teens in the UK (Alcatel’s Teen Lab takes a look at how mobile usage…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “I hope to be a good person that can change the world for the better. I want to be an artist and an author and a musician in my free time, and be a veterinarian as my profession.” —Female, 15, WA

Xers and Boomers may look down upon the growing subset of Millennials moving back in with mom and dad, but instead of feeling bad for themselves, these kids are making it work. A closer look at their post-grad lives is being explored in Boomerang Kids—a photojournalist series inspired by one Millennial’s experience of moving back home after draining resources as a photography assistant. The juxtaposition of reaching towards adulthood while still living in their childhood rooms paints a fuller picture of how many are living day-to-day. (Fast Company

Wendy’s may be tainting the comeback of one of their most popular items—the pretzel bun—in a #PretzelLoveSongs commercial being called out for “lazy parodying.” Those who feel nostalgic for the ‘90s hit song “To Be With You” are cringing over the Wendy’s commercial remake, and voicing their extreme distaste on Twitter. Be careful playing with Millennials’ nostalgia, because not taking it seriously could land a brand in hot water. (Uproxx)

How can we make kids exercise more? Since dragging them away from their screens is more difficult than ever, Wokamon is a new app from China that is making kids bring their devices outside and take a walk in order to feed their virtual pets. The cute aliens feed on energy, and the app’s pedometer technology measures steps, distance, and calories that add up to advance pets to new levels and unlock characters. Though targeted to kids, teens and adults can benefit from the app’s fun approach to fitness and sync it with other wearable trackers. (Springwise)

One mom’s open letter to Lands’ End asking why there have been cool science shirts designed for boys but not for girls has quickly gained momentum online with other parents this month, and pushed the brand to launch an entirely new line of science-themed tees for girls who love NASA, sharks, and the like. The brand has been accused of gender stereotyping in the past, and is addressing the posts on its Facebook page directly by rolling out new science-themed styles for girls this fall. (Huffington Post)

Digital versus unplugged is the wedding debate of late, and the line between too tech-centric and being completely disconnected is one that brides and grooms are finding difficult to straddle. Social media is increasingly being used to create wedding albums via couple-specific hashtags, but some couples are so turned off by the near constant focus on camera phones during a wedding that they are enforcing device-free ceremonies. (NYT)

Quote of the Day: "A benefit of unplugging is getting a more personal view of the world back. (Social media tends to distort your perception to bend to what others are thinking/feeling/saying/doing.)” —Female, 25, MN

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