Creating Social Change With A Click

Teens OnlineIf you ever thought Millennials were lazy, think again! They’re globally connected, thanks to social media, and have more resources than ever to make a difference. It’s what “making a difference” actually means to these consumers that needs to be understood.

Digital natives are using technology as a tool to have their voices heard, and to inspire change. From creating online campaigns about causes they believe in to taking political action via social media, they’re shaping culture and proving their power as future leaders.

Gen Y grew up being praised and told that they could do anything. This confidence has its benefits in making them feel empowered and inspired to share their voice. Yes, they're less likely to write letters or organize in-person protests, but they’re changing the system for contemporary culture. A trend we’re seeing in teens is they’re drawing on the power of their peers online to make a larger impact.

Recently, 13-year-old McKenna Pope created a petition on Change.org, expressing her frustration that Easy-Bake oven isn’t marketed to males. She was upset about the message this sends to kids if the toy comes only in pink and purple and features only females on the packaging. In highlighting the importance of this issue, McKenna inspired 40,000 others, including celebrity chefs, to sign her petition. Ultimately, Hasbro invited her to its office and unveiled plans for a black-and-silver Easy-Bake oven, which will launch later this year. But McKenna isn’t alone. She represents a growing number of teens and twentysomethings who are using the Web, and social media in particular, as a platform for good.

Last year, three teens from New Jersey created two petitions on Change.org, asking for the Commission on Presidential Debates to select a female moderator…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “I like going to eat out because I like supporting local businesses.” –Female, 31, WA

Millennials are foodies, but brands might be missing the opportunity to target their plate obsessions. Only 11% of 18-29-year-olds feel like food advertising is aimed at them, according to a recent survey in the UK. If brands want to change that number, they’ll likely have to take a different approach: 47% of this age group uses social media for recipe inspiration (#foodporn) and they reportedly share pictures of food around three times a week. Ypulse’s own research has also found they are adventurous eaters, with 89% of 13-32-year-olds open to trying new foods. (Marketing Magazine)

Should students be learning while standing? Standing desks are becoming more common in the workplace, and now an elementary school in California is swapping out traditional desks for standing desks after the founders of San Francisco CrossFit discovered their own children were sitting for up to six hours a day. Studies have shown that using standing desks correlates with increases in both concentration and daily calories burned, and could dramatically help in the battle against childhood obesity. (Fast Company)

A new kind of hotel is attracting young consumers in droves by going minimalist and offering more affordable, interesting places to stay. These “select service” hotels are the fastest growing segment of the industry and big brands’ answer to Airbnb. The hotels accommodate Millennials’ travel preferences by cutting out amenities like room service, offering more social spaces, and incorporating local elements in food and design. (BuzzFeed)

Sometimes sex doesn’t sell. Abercrombie & Fitch has been known for pushing the boundaries of sexualized marketing, but have now announced that they’ll be stopping the use of shirtless models and sexy images on bags, in-store photos, and other marketing materials. The retailer will also be ending their policy to hire sales staff based on “body type or physical attractiveness.” The changes are a part of the brand’s focus on becoming more customer-friendly after falling out of favor with young consumers. (WSJ

The story of a 5-year-old’s transition from girl to boy has gone viral, sparking conversation around transgender children. The segment, “Jacob’s Journey,” has been viewed over 11 million times on the show’s Facebook page, and is a piece of NBCNightly News’ six part series examining how families raise transgender kids. Jacob Lemay was born female, but his family has embraced his male identification, saying, “He's a different person, he's becoming himself." (Business Insider)

By searching Ypulse.com, you can quickly find the Millennial and teen stats you need to get you up to speed on young consumers. Silver and Gold subscribers have access to thousands of insight articles, curated up-to-date Millennial news items, a live mobile and social Q&A network, and thousands of statistics of Millennials drawn from our monthly national survey of 13-32-year-olds. Your search can begin and end with us. (Ypulse)

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