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 saw some heartbreaking stories in the internet, and decided to look up some international charities and donate to them.”—Male, 20, WA

Magazine covers aren’t dying in the age of digital—even when publications go out of print. Digital-only covers are “captur[ing] the print magazine's tangible essence” while building hype for media brands on social media (especially Instagram). PorterComplexNylonGQ and more publications have taken on the trend, featuring celebrities like Chance the Rapper to Sophie Turner. For magazines looking for a comeback with young consumers, digital-only covers can “translate their own brand for the web." (Fashionista)

Following “a series of scandals,” YouTube is taking major steps to overhaul its video review process and ad placement policies. The new guidelines “kick tens of thousands of video makers out” of the ad program by requiring anyone who generates ad revenue to produce 4,000 hours of content and gain 1,000 subscribers in one year, upping the ante from the previous requirement of 10,000 lifetime views. YouTube is also promising to manually review every video in its top tier of advertising (Google Preferred), and they’ve hired 10,000 new employees in the last year to get the job done. (recode)

Some Millennial parents are applying their minimalist tendencies to their kids’ toy chests to battle play clutter with “toy limitation.” It’s not a new concept—some schools of thought that have “advocate[d] simple, open-ended toys” include Montessori, Waldorf, and RIE—and today’s advocates say limiting toys can improve focus and happiness. A report from the University of Toledo concluded that toddlers “played ‘better’” when given fewer toys, meaning they played with each toy for longer and in more creative ways. However, some parents worry that they’re “denying [their children’s] self-expression” when they limit toys, and so the debate continues. (Slate)

Tostitos is giving fans their very own personalized Super Bowl ads to invite friends to their game parties. The platform takes a user's name, address, and other invite info and spins it into a video perfect for Customization Nation. Each ad features a different combination of Super Bowl clichés, including a “talking baby, puppies, sassy older women, [and] a celebrity pitchman.” Considering Ypulse data shows 64% of 13-34-year-olds watched some or all of the 2017 Super Bowl with friends and family, it’s a safe bet at least some will be sending out invites, possibly with some Tostitos product placement this year. (Adweek)

Facebook’s new feature lets Groups co-view each other’s content. “Watch Party” allows Group admins to show any Facebook video to members simultaneously, and to comment on a “dedicated reel” for a “shared viewing experience.” The feature is another step towards the platform’s new goal to “encourage meaningful social interactions,” and their new focus on Groups. The push for social viewing could possibly be integrated into other aspects of Facebook and its properties, like group chats. (TechCrunch)

“I plan to go to a free barre class at a local studio that is offering them as part of a New Year's promotion.”—Female, 33, MA

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