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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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “Bojack Horseman was my favorite show last year because it was funny and real. Maybe too real, just beautiful.”–Male, 23, AZ

Binge drinking in college is common, and suggested reasons for the behaviors range from boredom to helicopter parenting—but it’s also possible they’re drinking to extremes to escape extreme stress. Today’s college students can have an “intense preoccupation with success” thanks to the competition it takes to get into schools, fear of the tough job market, and looming loan debt. In this context, “blacking out has become so normal that even if you don’t personally do it, you understand why others do. It’s a mutually recognized method of stress relief. To treat it as anything else would be judgmental." (NYTimes)

Once again, Millennials’ food preferences are “killing” a major product. Young consumers’ preoccupation with health have caused a yogurt problem for General Mills, where sales in the category have nosedived 15%. The downturn is likely due to the new perspective that sugar, not fat, is the real diet evil, a shift that has caused low-fat and low-cal foods to “fall out of vogue.”(As we predicted.) In more positive, related, news for the brand, organic and natural products have seen “immense growth.” (MediaPostMSN)

More teens are on YouTube than on the biggest social networks, according to research from the National Cyber Security Alliance and Microsoft. Their poll of 13-17-year-old internet users found that 91% say they use YouTube, compared to 66% who use Snapchat, 65% who use Instagram, and 61% who use Facebook. Their heavy use of the site is one of the reasons that YouTube creators have more influence over their purchase intent than traditional TV and movie celebs. Interestingly, the second most-used platform was actually Gmail, with 75% of teens reporting they use the email app. (eMarketer)

Millennials have been called out as a threat to the diamond industry, causing Twitter to offer their own blunt explanationsfor why the generation isn’t buying the “sparkly status symbols.” But hold up: De Beer’s annual report has declared, “Millennials spent nearly $26 billion on diamond jewelry [in 2015]…acquiring more than any other generation.” So why is everyone saying they aren’t buying diamonds when they reportedly purchased 45% of retail sales in four major markets? It might be another case of a narrative about the generation being more click-worthy than the reality. (Forbes)

This month, the Generation Beauty event brought together Instagram beauty influencers, beauty brands, and their loyal teen fans for a weekend of meet-and-greets and product samples. Young consumers are undoubtedly looking to their favorite digital personalities for product recommendations, and say it’s best “when they give their honest opinion,” trusting those posts more than those where copy is read directly off a package—“a dead giveaway that it’s sponsored.” Collaborations between brands and social influencers are reportedly especially popular with fans. (Racked)

Quote of the Day: “Jane the Virgin was my favorite show to watch last year because it was dramatic, yet relatable and hilarious. I also love the fact that it features many women actors and actors of color.” –Female, 17, Guam

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