A Myers-Briggs, Strauss-Howe Millennial Analysis Mash-Up

TODAY’S POST COMES FROM YPULSE’S DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, CASANDRA LIGGIN.

I recently decided to take a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator workshop to better understand myself.  For those of you that haven’t heard of Myers-Briggs, it’s a famous assessment designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and naturally make decisions.  Typically, you don’t think about the way you make decisions or why you have that “gut” instinct so, needless to say, the course was intriguing. 

For many, this could seem extremely far out and have no real bearing on one’s life; but, upon further examination, I found that there is some truth to one’s identity with these four key letters. I learned that I fall into the INFJ category (Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Judging).  To sum it up, this means that I am an idea generator and love to discover “win-win” solutions that have a long-term positive impact on people.  I’m also a good listener and believe in seeing all angles of an issue before making a decision.  

During the course of my workshop, generational cohorts were analyzed based on the Myers-Briggs theory. Boomers are known as ENFPs (Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perception), Xers are INTJs (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judgment) and Millennials are ESFPs (Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perception). These are all generalizations of course and no one theory can be looked at in a vacuum when understanding an entire generation.  However, in looking at Millennials as ESFPs, their primary mode of living is focused externally and they live in the moment.  (YOLO anyone?)  They are also very spontaneous, optimistic and love instant gratification.  That being said, this definitely jives with everything I have studied on Millennials.  

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The Newsfeed

“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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