5 Facts About The Millennial Vote And The 2012 Election

The time has finally come…Election Day! To mark the occasion, one of our YAB members, Jordan Orris, rounded up some information about the importance of the Millennial vote, young people’s political habits, and what issues affect them the most. She also discusses difficulties among her generation in terms of the election and their uncertainty about the voting process. However, we like Jordan, hope Millennials hit the polls today and make their voices heard!

5 Facts About The Millennial Vote And The 2012 Election

Election1. Platforms are important.

It's obvious that jobs and the economy are key voting issues for the majority of voters, but Millennials are particularly worried about this and have been hit hard by unemployment. In fact, a report from Pew Research Center found that my generation will be the most educated, simply because it is easier to enroll in graduate school than to find work. Moreover, 53% of 18-24-year-olds have moved back in with their parents in the past few years and half of college graduates are either underemployed or unemployed

What's more, social issues are important to Millennials. Huffington Post held a bracket style contest to find out the most important voting issue for Millennials and it’s no surprise that same-sex marriage rights came out on top. Millennials are generally softer on this issue than previous generations, and it's obvious that more Millennials are open to same-sex marriages becoming legalized.

2. There is strength in numbers.

Millennials now represent 25% of eligible voters, surpassing the 65+ voting block by more than 7 million voters. This means my generation plays a larger role in determining our nation's leadership, and the issues that those leaders focus on. 2020 will mark the first election in which all Millennials can vote. In a…

 
 

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“It[‘s] only about the music for me, nothing else dictates what I listen to, I either like it or I don't.”—Male, 28, WA

A new app is getting teens’ attention as it rises through the ranks of the new social apps to know, even surpassing Houseparty’s popularity—but the catch is it’s “piggyback[ing]” on Snapchat. Polly allows users to create anonymous surveys that they can send on Snapchat (there's that anonymity allure again), meaning many users may not have actually downloaded the Polly app, so they “could slip away if friends stop posting questions.” For now though, the app amassed 20 million users and 100 million answers last month, proving it’s one to keep an eye on. (TechCrunch)

Designers are taking to social media to “shame” the retailers ripping off their work. When Zoila Darton spotted a Forever 21 shirt eerily similar to the one she helped create to benefit Planned Parenthood, she posted a tweet to let the brand know their copycat didn’t go unnoticed—and quickly gained attention from fashion editors and others. This isn’t the first time pieces have been copied by Forever 21, but designers have a hard time taking legal recourse against the powerful company. Instead, social media posts are often their best bet. (NYTimes)

BeautyCon is continuing to take “Sephora and Coachella and smash it into one thing” to appeal to young consumers. At the latest L.A. event, 20,000 beauty fans came to meet their influencer idols and try out the latest makeup trends, surrounded by empowering slogans and messages—true to the brand’s idea that “beauty can be something beyond a concealer culture.” Of course, brands were there “to win over the new generation”—ChapStick Duo offered cotton candy while Rimmel London’s “slayground” gave attendees a chance to set down their makeup and enjoy a jungle gym and swing set.
(The New Yorker)

It turns out saving money might not be cord cutters’ top reason for switching to streaming. Instead, a recent Magid Associates survey found that “the attractions” of SVOD programming (aka their content) is their top reason for making the move, followed by the overall decline of TV-viewing among 18-24-year-olds. Cable companies are trying to reel The Post-TV Gen back in by offering lower-cost cable bundles (so-called “skinny bundles”), but stepping up their shows might be a better first step to reversing the “accelerating” trend of cutting the cord. (TheStreet)

Pokémon is reaching out to a new generation of trainers with its first app for preschool-aged kids. Pokémon Playhouse follows in the wake of the massively successful augmented reality app, Pokémon Go (which was so popular that we put together an entire infographic on it) but won’t be AR-based. Instead, Playhouse will tap into the collectibles trend by featuring favorite characters like Pikachu for kids to collect by completing activities. There will also be puzzles and more in the app’s “interactive park.” (Kidscreen)

“I'm literally listening to music any time it is socially acceptable.”—Female, 28, MN

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