8 Questions With A 21-Year-Old: Charles Tong

Questions With a Millennial

We're back with our "Questions With a Millennial" feature to provide you with insights on Gen Y straight from the source. Today we chatted with Charles Tong, a 21-year-old college senior.

What’s one hobby that you’re really into right now?

Recently, I’ve discovered board gaming, and I have completely fallen in love with it. I hadn’t realized there were a ton of board games outside of Monopoly and Risk. These are very social games that involve a bit of luck and a lot of social interaction. Currently, I’ve been playing Pandemic, which has you and three other players try to solve a global disease. I’ve also been playing a ton of Battlestar Galactica, which can be best summed up as a crisis management game, while a few of your friends are secretly trying to make your life miserable. I discovered this hobby when my friend showed me the game Settlers of Catan, where you attempt to build the biggest colony on the island of Catan, and I fell in love immediately. The social aspect of these games make them very appealing, and have actually become a nice relaxing way to spend a night with friends.

What are 5 things you couldn’t live without?

1. Internet
2. Music
3. Friends
4. Books
5. Food

What are your favorite TV shows right now?

“A Game of Thrones,” “Doctor Who,” “The Wire,” and “The Legend of Korra”Charles

What about your favorite artists?

Ride, Bon Iver, Slowdive, Bjork, Passion Pit, Purity Ring, DeVotchKa, Spiritualized, M83, Neon Indian, Phoenix, Beach House, The XX, Wilco

What’s your preferred social network these days and why?

I use Facebook for personal usage. Everyone uses it already, and it allows me to manage many different networks easily and its built in messenger has become a de facto replacement for AIM. I also enjoy reddit because it easily connects me to…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “The most important part of prom is the honor of being asked by an upperclassmen.”—Male, 15, NY

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Wattpad is proving that Millennials and teens “still crave longform content.” The story-sharing site reports that 45 million 13-34-year-olds spend 15 billion minutes on their platform reading and writing stories. According to the Wattpad, Millennials will read longform stories, as long as it’s mobile, interactive, and relatable. They experience 300,000 uploads daily and claim that users spend about 30 minutes on the site on average. Brands like Coca-Cola, GE, and Target have taken notice, creating sponsored reading lists, paying Wattpad’s top writers for content, and hosting writing contests. AT&T’s Hello Lab has YouTube influencer Grace Helbig co-writing a novel with her fans on the site. (Digiday

Long gone are the days of Game Boys. A recent study revealed that portable game consoles have fallen in popularity as kids get smartphones at a much younger ages than the generations before them. Today, the average age to get a first smartphone is 10.3 years old, and more than six out of ten kids also have access to the internet via laptop or tablet. The smartphone effect has pushed consoles to fourth place In popularity, behind tablets, phones, and DVDs. Nintendo has taken notice and made the smart move to join the mobile gaming space. (UbergizmoGamasutra

Quote of the Day: “A prom trend I’ve noticed is lots of cheesy cute ways of asking. Often involving food or a game/sport.”—Female, 16, WY

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