Has Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll Been Replaced With Social Media?: The Friday Don’t Miss List

Social media usage may be replacing drug usage for teens, Snapchat’s first in-app filter game, it takes a co-working space to raise a child, and more stories to cap off your year!

1. Has Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll Been Replaced with Social Media?

Today’s teens are just not the same as teens ten years ago. Being brought up during a time of social media has molded behaviors that set them apart from Millennials—as highlighted by our latest Teen Snapshot trend. Don’t miss how some say that social media has replaced the desire of drugs for teens today. A Michigan University study recently revealed that in 2015 the percentage of teens using alcohol and drugs reached its lowest point since 1990, and some experts reason that the lack of offline experiences is driving the decrease. The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains: "There may be a protective effect brought about by the fact that they don't have so many occasions to get together where the use of drugs would be facilitated." 

2. Snapchat’s First Filter Game

There is no question that this was Snapchat’s big year, and brands have rushed to engage its young and growing user-base. Sponsored lenses have been a big hit with marketers and users alike, but don’t miss the latest ad offering from the app: Filter Games. After a few tests—and brands like Gatorade and Under Armour creating their own Snap Ads games—Snapchat has hosted its first in-app game, Santa’s Helper, that placed users’ faces into an elf body and allowed them to move their device to steer around a ski slope to collect presents and avoid obstacles. They could then share their scores with friends, encouraging others to play as well.

3. It Takes a Co-Working Space To Raise A Child

As we noted earlier, the new generation of workers are killing traditional…


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"I play [games] constantly until 4 in the morning. When I’m not on my game I’m checking my phone. And the whole time I’m doing all of that my desktop is on the internet.”—Male, 22, OH

Twitch is airing every episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, in celebration of the late Fred Rogers’ 90th birthday and the show’s 50th anniversary. The esports streaming service is expanding to nostalgia entertainment (which young viewers can’t get enough of), but they have a unique twist. The show will be available for co-viewing, with popular Twitch streamers chiming in from time to time. (Mashable)

Over one-third of 18-34-year-olds have stopped using a brand after hearing negative news about them, more than any other generation. Among the brands that most consumers said they gave up on were Wells Fargo, Target, Papa John’s, and Uber. However, Critical Mix and kNOW also found that young consumers are more willing to forgive a brand for bad press: While only 30% of consumers overall would use a brand again after a scandal, 41% of 25-34-year-olds would. (MediaPost)

Alamo Drafthouse is bringing back VHS—offering free rentals for Millennials that wax nostalgic for analog products. Their first store, Video Vortex, is opening in North Carolina. Not only are they “fostering a movie-loving community” with the extensive gratis collection of 75,000 titles, but they’re making money off of the added “beer, food, and merchandise.” No VHS player? No problem. They’re renting those as well. (BoingBoingEW)

Researchers were surprised to find Gen Z students were “relieved” to ditch their smartphones for a few weeks. Screen Education’s study of 62 12-16-year-olds found that 92% thought “it was beneficial” to disconnect from their smartphones while they were at camp. And even though 41% admitted they felt frustrated at times, 35% were able to cut down their use after camp and 17% convinced a friend to curb their time spent on smartphones, too. (PR Newswire)

Beauty brands love augmented reality, but an app can’t replace in-store experience. Not only did Ypulse found time and again that young consumers expect Experiencification and flock to marketing activations (like pop-ups), but brick-and-mortar locations build loyalty. People think they’re scamming Sephora when they re-do their makeup gratis, but that time-spent-in-store is really “turning the ‘scammers’ into buyers.” (Quartzy)

"I love my smart phone. It is just like my best friend [and] I just can't do without my smartphone...”—Male, 27, CA

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