Best Of 2012: Technology

As 2012 quickly comes to an end, we're looking back at what stood out across various industries this year. Today, Camilla, one our Youth Advisory Board members, discusses some of the biggest achievements in the tech space.

Best Of 2012: Technolgoy

This year, we’ve been met by some incredible novel pieces of technology, and stellar improvements on already-existent technology. Incidentally, we’ve also been advertised (often successfully) a fair number of less-than-impressive techie goodies, but we won’t talk about that today. For me, at any rate, the best of this year’s technology spans two separate realms of possibility: the maybe-if-I-save-up variety, and the completely unpurchaseable but nonetheless faint-worthy innovations. In these categories, I’ve picked out a couple highlights.

So, without further ado:

Your world: Roku Streaming Stick

RokuDoesn’t ring a bell? That’s because this is the present you want, but didn’t even know how much you wanted it (but, now you know, you’re going to pretend you’ve always wanted one). Basically, it looks like a USB stick you plug into your TV. Unlike a USB stick though, this tiny object provides you with extensive access to online streaming episodes on Netflix and likeminded sites — and it’s (relatively) affordable. “Stream to your heart’s content,” their website proclaims.3D printing

Out of this world: 3D printing.

Obviously, this is not a viable Christmas present, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an ‘I always WISHED this existed’ sort of dream. It’s exactly what it sounds like: you print in three dimension. It's of incredible use to architects, and apparently also in constructing dental crowns. For those of you who don’t build buildings or teeth, the options seem limitless now but after a week of printing origami-like designs, I’m not sure this gift…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “My favorite store to shop in is The Apple Store. Best store layout i have every experienced. They have the products I want and the expertise to answer any questions.” –Male, 19, VA

Those fretting about the "dating apocalypse" are missing a lot, but it's true that dating in the digital age is full of complications for young consumers. While some truly believe that so-called hookup culture is the problem, there is another theory out there for the modern dating scene’s issues: math. The book DATE-ONOMICS: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game argues that hookup culture is actually a result of unequal numbers in the gender pool. In short, far more women are going to college, and “when gender ratios skew toward women, as they do today among college grads, the dating culture becomes more sexualized.” (Washington Post)

Every parent who has asked, “What were they thinking?!” when they see teens’ questionable social media posts finally has an answer: nothing. Ask.fm’s recent survey found that 80% of teens post status updates, or send tweets without thinking about the consequences of what they’re broadcasting. But many of their parents don’t actually know what’s being posted anyway: 43% say they don’t keep tabs on their children’s online activity. (Jezebel)

When Millennials get over their wariness of the stock market and actually do invest, they still aren’t making the same choices their parents did. Younger investors favor “passive management,” and tend to choose less volatile stocks. Unsurprisingly, their tech-reliance is also influencing their investments, and they're using online wealth management tools and “robo-advisors,” while Boomers still rely on information from peers, traditional brokers, and financial advisors. (Nasdaq)

According to a recent Ypulse monthly survey, 91% of 13-32-year-olds say they care about their health and being healthy, and 73% say they enjoy exercising—so it makes sense that it’s young consumers who are spending on health and wellness products. Another recent study found that one in three Millennials share health content through social media, texts, or email every week. Their fitness behavior is driving the growth in health tech: health and wellness apps have seen 171% annual growth in usage. (MediaPost)

We’ve told you about the unique and wonderful talents of YouTuber Todrick Hall in the past, but in case you missed that, Fast Company has a “Non-Millennials’ Guide” to Hall—because he’s now got his own show on MTV. Todrick, which premieres tonight, is a reality show that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Hall and his creative crew making their musical online videos. The singer's YouTube channel currently has over 1.6 million followers. (Fast Company)

Quote of the Day: "My favorite place to shop online is Sephora, because I love high end makeup and I love reading about what's new and watching tutorials on how it works.” –Female, 26, MA

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