3 Gen Z Apps To Watch

These apps giving Gen Z the tools to create and consume mobile video hits could be ones to watch as their entertainment viewing continues to shift to smartphones…

Ypulse’s most recent media consumption tracker report and data is out today, and we continue to see that Gen Z’s video viewing is happening on their phones. When we asked 13-17-year-olds what screen they watch video content on the MOST, almost over 35% said smartphone, versus 25% who said TV. Mobile video is clearly where brands are heading to reach this young audience. Just take Snapchat: the app wants to be the future of TV, and mainstream cable is lining up to participate. Variety reports that they’ve partnered with the likes of Discover Channel, E!News, Comedy Central, and NBCU to roll out Snapchat Shows—short, “bespoke” original series that aim to revolutionize mobile viewing and make “content a more central part of the Snapchat experience.” A-listers like Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien are lending their talent, and traditional cable shows are producing Snap-sized snippets, with networks working closely with Snapchat to tailor content to the platform—and its audience.

But the mobile video that Gen Z is viewing isn’t just brand-created entertainment—arguably, the majority is video content created by friends and celebrities. Our Post-TV Gen trend research found that 87% of 13-17-year-old Snapchat users are watching videos made by friends on the platform, versus 38% who are watching videos made by brands. We saw the same pattern on Instagram and Facebook. Of course, Musical.ly is the perfect example of DIY, consumer-created video content being an entertainment force among tween and teen consumers. The uber-popular lip-syncing app has amassed over 200 million users since their 2014 launch, and 75% are female. Now, fashion…

 
 

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“I move around every few years so it would be a huge hassle to have to buy and sell property so frequently.”—Female, 28, IN

Gen Z will spend the most on rent of any generation, but Millennials aren’t far behind. HotPads estimates that 2-20-year-olds will spend $226,000 on rent before they buy a home and 24-38-year-olds will ring in at $202,000. Despite the difference, Gen Z will own their first home one year earlier than Millennials because they’ll have “a stronger job market than [M]illennials”—but, despite the myths, they are buying homes in greater numbers. PS: Los Angeles tops the list of where young demos will spend the most on rent. (Business Insider)

What’s behind board games' popularity today? The NPD Group found that board games grew 8% compared to the toy industry’s overall growth of 8% in the past year and has “no signs of slowing down.” Digital detoxing plays a part, as more Millennial parents worry about their kids’ screen time and seek toys that foster face-to-face relationships. But despite the analog appeal, games are also getting high-tech and the word-of-mouth media they receive propels social media-friendly games like Pie Face to the top of toy charts. (Kidscreen)

Parents still have the most influence over kids today, but online celebrities are also top role models. Mintel research found that 86% of 6-17-year-olds say their parents are among their top role models, 62% say teachers, and 41% say siblings. But the top kind of celebrity that gets added to the category are social media celebrities at 35%, followed closely by musicians and athletes. Only 22% said actors were among their top role models and just 16% said the President. (MediaPost)

Disney has a new beverage to fill your Instagram feed: The Purple Wall Slushie. The Millennial & Gen Z-loved company has had no problem coming up with social media-friendly items, from Baby Groot bread to a viral Beauty and the Beast-inspired tumbler, and now they’ve rolled out a boba and taro beverage at Disney World. The Purple Wall is a famous destination to snap a pic for social media in the Magic Kingdom, and this slushy is made specifically to match up with the wall (and monetize on it). (POPSUGARInsider)

Speaking of Instagrammability, the Space Needle’s new, clear benches are sure to make for a thrilling photo op. The iconic viewing deck for the Seattle skyline has been in the midst of a makeover to create a better (and decidedly more social media-worthy) viewing experience. A metal base and caging has been replaced with a high glass wall from floor to sky, and so-called “skyrisers” will let visitors sit right on the edge of it all—and snap a selfie. (Curbed)

“People have been planning outfits since the start of the year [for prom].”—Male, 15, NC

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