If Millennials Could Pick The President…

Pick the PresidentWith about a week left until Election Day, the race is very much on most people’s minds. For many Millennials, it’s the first time they can vote in the election and have their voices heard. So in the spirit of the election and the power of the youth vote, we asked 340 Millennials who they would choose if they could appoint anyone to President. Their responses vary from political figures to pop culture icons, and even some friends and family whom they admire. But one thing’s for sure, they want a strong leader who will represent them, share their values, and most of all, is awesome!

Most Millennials stuck with political figures since they believe these people — including President Obama, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and Ron Paul — know what they’re doing and have experience. However, others thought a little more outside of the box about the best leader. Several mentioned a comedian, which is in line with Comedy Central’s recent findings that Millennials want a political figure who’s humorous and makes an effort to connect with them. Specifically, several mentioned Ellen DeGeneres because they like her views, think she’s smart, and admire that she stands behind causes. Others said Jon Stewart since they trust his judgment, feel that he’s well informed, and funny. Stephen Colbert also came up often for similar reasons, and so did funny man Will Ferrell, reflecting just how important humor is to reaching this age group.

Then there were Millennials who mentioned people that they believe define their generation. Oprah was listed often since some young people feel she has worldwide experience, is intelligent, accepting, and influential. Lady Gaga was also mentioned since she cares about people, causes, and evokes a Millennial spirit in celebrating differences. Even…


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Quote of the Day: "I want to be able to have, and provide for, a family in the next 3-4 years.” –Male, 20, NC

The gambling industry is (still) trying to figure out Millennials. While young travellers do seem to like Vegas, they’re not interested in playing slots, and more of their money and attention is going to technically non-gambling activities like fantasy sports. Some casinos are trying out skill-based machines that feel more like video games. According to the CEO of the Global Gaming Association “It's going to be a lot about throwing things up on the wall and seeing what sticks." (CNBC)

Digital natives have naturally integrated tech into their relationships, and teens are using texting and online flirting as a way of “dipping a toe in the ocean of romantic possibility.” But at the same time, in-person interactions remain important: 50% have flirted by friending someone on social media, while 55% have flirted by talking to their romantic interest in person. (The Atlantic)

Evidence that food is the new status symbol continues to mount. New research from Good Food magazine found that 16-24-year-olds in the UK spend more on food than any other age group, with much of that splurging spent on takeout. These young consumers are also spending more on brunch and other restaurant visits than older diners. (Vice Munchies)

Television has traditionally been relatively isolating, especially as an influx of content has made it less likely that everyone is watching the same show at the same time and time shifting has threatened the water cooler moment. But social media is making TV a communal experience again, as actors, writers, and the audience react to episodes in real time together. Social media activity is also an indication of a show’s popularity: Twitter and Nielsen have found that there is a connection between tweet volume and the size of the viewing audience. (NYTimes)

Exercise might seriously improve the mental health of bullied teens. A study from the University of Vermont found a 23% decrease in suicidal thoughts and attempts among bullied students who exercised four or more days a week. While the study doesn’t necessarily prove that exercise reduces sadness and suicidal tendencies, it is “an important first step” in connecting the two. (Common Health)

Quote of the Day: “I don't have kids, so my financial goal is to save the money I need to take the trips I want to take.” –Female, 25, FL

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