Decoding Millennial Concertgoers

Today’s post comes from Ypulse’s Research Intern Phil Savarese.

Decoding Millennial Concertgoers

In today’s smartphone-obsessed society, it’s rare that you’ll go to a concert where people aren’t snapping pictures, recording videos, or updating their status during the show. Millennials are extremely interested in seeing artists live and partaking in epic experiences; according to Ypulse research among 339 13-34 year olds, four of five Millennials have been to a concert before. However, the “in the moment” experience of a concert has collided with the timelessness of the digital age. As an avid concertgoer, I‘ve found that smartphone and tablet use during shows has created four types of fans:

“I’ll never get a chance to see this again!” – The Capturer

These are the people that shed some light on the “sea of hands” at concerts, literally. They hold their phone or tablet as high above the crowd as possible to capture the concert forever. Fully, 67% of Millennial concertgoers said that they have taken a picture of a performer with their smartphone. These capturers want to permanently document the concert for future reference. Additionally, 47% said they have filmed parts of the concert. Sometimes this involves distracting oneself from the show or viewing it through a screen, but they sacrifice fully enjoying moments live so that they can enjoy it over and over again.

“Guess where I am?!” – The Bragger

Braggers are the ones who take their attention completely off of the show for a moment to tell their network of friends where they are and what they’re doing. Half of the Millennials surveyed (51%) said they’ve updated a Facebook status during a show, while a quarter (24%) said they’ve Instagramed the performer. They want their friends to know where they are and how much fun it is…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: 

Q: What goals do you have for yourself that your parents did not have? 

A: “Working for myself, finding a career field that fits with both my interests and skills, being in a relationship(s?) that is healthy and promotes growth (not necessarily marriage)…” –Male, 23, D.C.

Summer isn’t over yet, but there is already a prediction for what will be THE toy of the holiday season. The BB-8 droid, viral star of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, has been made into a real, working remote-control toy “every Star Wars fan has dreamed of owning.” The BB-8 droid can be controlled via smartphone app and with verbal commands, and operates like a remote control car—with the added magic of a robot head staying balanced on top of it. (WSJ)

“Give me my mobile TV!” According to Ericsson’s new media report, more than half of Millennials’ entertainment viewing time (53%) is spent on smartphones, tablets, and laptops. The numbers are even more dramatic among teens, who are watching nearly 75% of their TV and videos on mobile. Unsurprisingly, younger viewers are also watching linear TV less than older audiences, with 60% of 16-34-year-olds watching everyday, compared to 82% of 60-69-year-olds. (The Verge)

Major entertainment brands and TV networks are teaming up to solve the problem of the “growing legion of missing kids.” (See above.) The recently formed Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement is backed by Time Warner, Disney, NBCU, and many others, and is studying the viewing behavior of 2-17-year-olds to create a new measurement system that could account for all of the ways that they consume video—outside of “’old-school’ TV.” (Variety)

The teen years used to be all about fitting in, but for today’s middle and high schoolers, standing out is so much cooler than being like everyone else. Ypulse’s own Chief Content Officer MaryLeigh Bliss weighed in with a little why behind the what: “Teenagers have grown up learning innately about personal branding in order to stand out in a sea of billions of people. If you want followers and likes, you have to display photos and videos that show you doing and wearing interesting things. Otherwise you’re going to fade into the background.” (The Globe and Mail)

Children’s nonfiction is having a moment. Nonfiction children’s book sales have reportedly spiked, going up 38% in the last year for Penguin Young Readers Group. At Scholastic, Minecraft handbooks have in-print figures over 17.5 million, and non-fiction annuals like Scholastic Year in Sports have become so popular they are expanding the series with a gaming edition. (Publishers Weekly)

Quote of the Day: “My aspiration is to retire early and travel!” –Male, 27, CA

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