The New Ypulse Quarterly Trend Report Is Here!

The newest Gen Z & Millennial trend report tackles customization, mental health, and the next generation in the workplace…

The first Ypulse trend report of 2017 is here! We deep dive on three major topics impacting young consumers’ tastes, preferences, and behaviors in this in-the-know guide to Millennials and Gen Z. This report’s three trends, Customization Nation, In Their Heads, and The Millennial Workplace Handbook, explore changes we're seeing in retail, lifestyle, culture, and more.  

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CUSTOMIZATION NATION

The days of one-size-fits-all are numbered and customization is being taken to the next level to appeal to young consumers, for whom personalization has become an expectation. Millennials and Gen Z’s taste in products and services that feel like they’re made just for them is spurring innovation in the space. Three quarters of 13-34-year-olds say they’re interested in buying products that are customized to their taste, and over two in five say they have customized a product before. We’re seeing new methods of customization and personalization emerging in retail, beauty, food, health, entertainment, and more, making tailored products and services more accessible than ever before.

IN THEIR HEADS

The most stressed, anxious generations to date need to clear their heads. Lately, we’ve seen a heightened awareness of and interest in everyday mental health among young consumers, who are finding new ways of maintaining their balance. In fact, over eight in ten 13-34-year-olds tell us they’ve noticed that people are making mental health more of a priority lately. From charting their emotions and learning about mindfulness to marrying tech with meditation and finding unusual stress escapes online, we’re exploring how they’re taking care of what’s in their heads.

THE MILLENNIAL EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK

Either you’re employing the largest workforce in America’s history or you’re a part of it—and it’s undeniable that Millennials are shifting the 9-to-5. Work-life balance and flexible hours are second and third to only salary when it comes to what makes the perfect position. But that’s not to say all young adults are aiming for a future of freelancing: 60% would rather work in a company, the average ideal size being 150 people. Their need for stability and clear paths for growth are evident, especially since simply being employed is something they’re still learning to trust. Our Millennial Employee Handbook details who the next generation of managers are, how many have a side hustle, and what workplace trends are worth investing in.

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“I observe holidays and religion-based traditions but am more connected to it as a culture than as a religion.”—Female, 27, MA

Chinese youth have a “selfie obsession” that’s changing beauty standards and creating a new tier of celebrity. The Influencer Effect is full blown in China, where young consumers are beautifying their selfies via filter apps like Meitu and plastic surgery—all in the quest to look more like wang hong, their internet celebrities. One influencer, HoneyCC, argues that “Selfies are part of Chinese culture now, and so is Meitu-editing selfies.” But some say the trend is pushing the population to become more homogenous by favoring certain features, and headlines have lashed back against the whitening of skin prevalent in social apps. (The New Yorker)

Eighty-one percent of Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily’s Millennial readers say social media is the best way for advertisers to reach them. Bustle’s latest questionnaire also found that 40% of their 18-34-year-old readers prefer Instagram for brand communications, followed by trusted websites, email, and online articles. Some other fun insights: Over half believe that a company should give back, instead of just turning a profit, and 49% think “companies should do more to protect the environment.” (Adweek)

Drug use is down among teens—except when it comes to marijuana and vaping. From the 1990s to 2017, the percentage of teens who said they’d been drunk dropped from 46% and 58%, and those reporting they’ve smoked cigarettes from 26% and 17%. However, marijuana use increased for the first time in seven years in 2017, while vaping is up as well, with at least 19% of high school seniors, 16% of sophomores, and 8% of eighth-graders saying they’ve vaped in the past year. (LATimes)

Two modern dating shows are coming to Facebook Watch. The first “unscripted dating show” from SoulPancake, Love & Longitude, is shot on iPhones and shows two potential love interests’ relationship blossoming across FaceTime, social media, and other digital interactions. The second dating show from Machinima, Co-Op Connection, plays into the esports craze. One bachelor gets to pick his partner based on their personality—and their skills at the videogame, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. (tubefiltertubefilter)

Some cities are past their “peak Millennial” populations, as the generation increasingly finds new digs in the suburbs. Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles all reached their highest Millennial population in 2015, and New York and Washington D.C. are showing slowing Millennial growth, according to U.S. Census data. Meanwhile Chicago’s suburbs and others have seen an uptick in their young adult populations—another Millennial myth debunked. Which urban centers are still attracting the demo as they age up? “Tech hubs” like Seattle and San Francisco. (Time)

“Crochet and knitting are very relaxing, therapeutic, and have tangible results."—Female, 31, AL

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