Infographic Snapshot: Millennials & Fame

Millennials have been positioned as a fame-hungry generation for years, and have developed a reputation for wanting 15-minutes in the spotlight whether or not they have any talent. But how true is the idea that the generation prioritizes being famous? When we asked 14-29-year-olds for their thoughts on fame, we got a much more complex picture of their desires:

Overall 51% of Millennials say they would not want to be famous. True, at first glance that means that 49% of the generation would like a life of fame, but for Millennials over 18-years-old that number drops to 43%, and only 37% of Millennials 25-29 say they would want to be famous; indicating that some of the Millennial fame myth could be wrapped up in a youthful desire for notoriety. When they were younger, fame carried more weight, and as Millennials have aged it has become less appealing. But the negative opinion of the generation that gained traction when they were younger and more fame hungry is still shaping the conversation about them. Joel Stein’s infamous 2013 “Me, Me, Me Generation” Time Magazine article on Millennials referenced a 2007 study that found middle school girls would rather grow up to be a famous person than a Senator, which doesn’t exactly give a current and full picture of the entire generation’s stance on the subject. The allure of fame might have also faded in the last few years as they have been exposed to the onslaught of tabloid culture and a series of celebrity meltdowns. Female Millennials are less likely than male Millennials to idealize fame, with 57% saying they wouldn’t want to be famous. The lack of privacy was the number one reason named by those who said they did not desire fame.

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “A wedding trend I’ve noticed recently is guests not dressing formally to the reception/wedding, more come as you are attitude.”—Female, 24, MI

This week, Mattel introduced an American Boy doll, their first male offering in the company’s 31-year history. New doll Logan Everett is part of a pair of singer-songwriters from Nashville who come with music-inspired accessories. The company reports that customers have been asking for a male doll for some time, and Mattel’s continuing strategy to diversify their offerings helped increase sales by 4% last year. (KidscreenNYTimes

Kids in Australia are spending more time online than watching TV. Research firm Roy Morgan reports that in 2016 six-13-year-olds spent an average of 12 hours a week online compared to 10.5 hours spent in front of the TV, the first time internet surpassed TV since the survey began in 2008. Online time has also almost doubled in the last eight years. The firm says, "The idea that TV is boring no matter what is on is just because TV is so static and it might have ads on it." (ABC

The current state of the White House has ignited Gen Z’s interest in politics—according to AwesomenessTV’s CEO, Brian Robbins. He reports that his own children’s newfound fascination with politics sparked by the recent election has inspired him to bring more political content to AwesomenessTV. Because “[a]n audience that really wasn't that interested is now really interested," the company will move away from “fluffy, horrible” entertainment news into political news, which could be in the form of documentaries, or scripted shows. (Business Insider)

Millennials are reporting higher rates of depression than any other generation, creating challenges at work. To avoid the stigma surrounding mental issues, young employees are increasingly resorting to using personal days to recuperate from anxiety, depression, and other afflictions. According to one expert, “this generation is not necessarily more depressed than workers of past generations, but more equipped to recognize it”—however, they fear judgement from their employers. (MarketWatch)  

Is Snap Inc. really a camera company? They say they are, and in their IPO filing the brand wrote, “In the way that the flashing cursor became the starting point for most products on desktop computers, we believe that the camera screen will be the starting point for most products on smartphones.” WeChat’s ability to read QR codes, Pinterest’s new visual search, and Facebook Messengers’ new visual capabilities all point to expanding capabilities of a camera—and the fact that “users’ experience of the world is increasingly mediated through cameras.” (The New Yorker)  

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