8 Questions With A 19-Year-Old: Medha Satyal

We're back with our "Questions With a Millennial" feature to provide you with insights on Gen Y. Today we chatted with Medha Saytal, a 19-year-old college freshman who shared her habits and interests.

What are 5 things you couldn't live without?

1. Family and friends
2. Internet
3. Books
4. Phone
5. Coffee

How do you typically watch TV? On a set or streaming? Alone or with family or friends?

I usually watch shows alone online. It's more convenient that way; I can just watch when I have some extra time, and don't need to make other plans around when the show is on TV.

What's your preferred social network and why?

I prefer Facebook because it helps me keep up with what's going on in my friends' lives, and I find it easier to navigate than Twitter and other similar social networks.Medha Questions

About how often do you check your cellphone?

It is almost always on me, so I check it as soon as I hear it buzz unless I'm in class or a meeting.

What's the last thing you watched on YouTube?

The last thing I watched on YouTube was the newest VlogBrothers video.

How do you typically get news, if at all?

I get most of my news by browsing several online newspapers, and I also listen to the BBC World News podcast everyday.

What brand do you think really understands your generation and why?

Forever 21. The clothes are stylish and affordable. Many people in my generation are concerned about money, but still want to be dressed in something that's in style this season. I think Forever 21 gives us this, and has enough of a variety of clothing that most people can find something that fits their own style there. And the store's name appeals to young people.

What's one trend you're seeing among your generation?

Many people want unique clothes, accessories or other items -- something to…

 
 

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“I eat whenever I need to...I don’t follow the conventional breakfast, lunch, dinner setup.”

—Male, 29 VA

Over half of Millennials believe “money can buy happiness.” Fifty-three percent of 22-39-year-olds believe the more money you have, the happier you are, compared to 38% of Americans overall, according to Mintel. The research also shows Millennials are optimists: a little over half are confident in their financial futures, although nearly a third consider paying off credit card bills their greatest financial challenge. Considering the Ypulse financial tracker shows 59% of 18-34-year-olds have debt, we’re not surprised. (MediaPost)

Mickey Mouse Club is coming back for a new generation, and they know just where to find them: social media. Disney announced at Vidcon that the new rendition of the variety show will be released in snackable snippets on social media only. The show will search for future stars with little to no social followings, but big, undiscovered talents, such as choreography and songwriting. Disney is winning out with Millennials and this nostalgic hit should be right on brand; you can see it at the end of August on the Oh My Disney Facebook channel. (THR)

Summer camp costs more than ever before, and some parents are paying big bucks for their children to rough it. Sleepaway camps cost an average of $768 a week, up from $397 in 2005, for often less-than-luxe accommodations. Affluent parents who want their kids to “just be normal” are sending them to camps that can cost $20,000 for basic room and board that “smells a little mildewy,” where kids do their own laundry, clean their rooms, have roommates, and engage in typical camp activities—macaroni art, anyone? (MarketWatch)

Taco Bell has built brand love and a loyal fan following across digital. Their record-breaking giant taco head Snapchat lenswas just the beginning of their successful social marketing strategy, which involves treating each platform differently. The latest example is their YouTube series, Taco Tales, which includes 40 pieces of long-form content catered to their fans. They’ve accrued 10.5 million Facebook fans, 1.85 million Twitter followers, and 60,000 YouTube subscribers with their “wacky,” authentic brand voice in an effort to not just people-please, but to be themselves—which may be why they’re one of young adults’ favorite fast food restaurants.

(The Drum)

More evidence that Millennials still love analog books: They’re the most likely generation to use public libraries, according to a Pew Research Report. More than half of 18-35-year-olds have frequented a public library in the last twelve months, compared to 45% of Gen X, 43% of Boomers, and 36% of Silents. University libraries were specifically not counted, so being college-aged isn’t giving them any advantage, either. The finding goes hand in hand with Ypulse data that shows reading is 13-34-year-olds’ biggest hobby. 

“The wedding trend I have noticed is the white wedding dress being phased out and an array of colors and styles being used.”

—Female, 32, FL

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