Redefining “Social” As Millennials Switch Mediums 27 Times An Hour

Today’s post comes to us from Matt, a Youth Advisory Board member who, like many Millennials, notices how often his generation switches from one medium to another in search of new entertainment and information. This frequent shift of attention among technologies — which occurs 27 times an hour! — has inevitably impacted social situations and how Gen Yers interact with each other. Yet, it's also created a new definition of "social" as Matt explains weighing in on the pros and cons of having tons of technology at our fingertips. This desire to multitask and move between mediums creates a challenge for marketers as they have to work harder to capture Millennials' attention, but they can do so by providing ads that are entertaining and worthwhile for the consumer...

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Redefining "Social" As Millennials Switch Mediums 27 Times An Hour

Switching Devices FrequentlyThere were many lazy afternoons this past semester when I would be sitting in my living room with a couple of friends. The sun was pouring through our sliding glass door, the television was on, and music was blaring from my roommates’ bedroom. Meanwhile, each person was glued to their smartphone playing Words With Friends or another interactive game with someone who wasn’t even in the room.

I remember looking around the room and thinking that this completely sums up how technology has changed how Millennials interact. We have so many choices to be entertained and informed that it’s so easy to neglect what’s right in front of us, often the people we’re with.

But that’s not to say that technology has made us less social. It may, in fact, be the opposite; we can stay connected to more people than ever through…

 
 

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“There are alleys with street art that I've walked out of my way to take pictures of to share on Snapchat/Facebook.”
—Female, 32, IL

Mattel’s new toy franchise Enchantimals is inspired by Instagram and Snapchat filters. The new line of 14 dolls are all half-animal—think the bunny and deer filters—and each “shares a ritual trait with her animal friend.” Their origin and the YouTube series starring the girls are no doubt a part of Mattel’s “five-pillar strategic plan” to be a more digital brand. Appealing to Millennial parents and their kids has been a tough sell for Mattel, but they’re making moves like changing up Barbie’s body type and asking kids to pick the next big toy on TV to keep up with the next generation. (Kidscreen)

Harry Potter fans, raise your butterbeers up, because this franchise and its fandom will never die. Two more books from the Harry Potter universe are hitting shelves this fall—though they aren’t actually written by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic are instead both written by the British Library, to coincide with an exhibition dedicated to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the first book. The two new works will include “exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive,” to delight serious fans of the series. (USA Today, New York Times)

Restaurants are being designed with Instagrammability in mind. From unicorn foods to neon signs and tile floors with hidden messages, restaurateurs aren’t just tolerating Instagrammers, they’re intentionally acting as “Instagram bait” to earn some free press. And it doesn’t end at Instagrammable design touches. Many restaurants stress having perfect lighting, and one even provides “Instagram packs” at customer request, consisting of “a portable LED light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide-angle lens, tripod, and a selfie stick.” (The Verge, Grub Street)

Some student loan debt is getting “wiped away” in court because of missing paperwork. Students defaulting on their private loans are getting taken to court by aggressive creditors, but as it turns out, many don’t have the required documents to make them pay up. National Collegiate is at the center of many of these trials—one lawyer in Iowa represented 30 cases brought on by them, and 27 were dismissed because of “critical omissions or flaws” in the paperwork. Some Millennials prioritizing paying back debt might just catch a lucky break. (New York Times)

Millennials want older generations to know why they stand by political correctness. While some may despair the overly PC state of the world, many young consumers see political correctness as protection from prejudice, and a show of respect. What some may view as an over-sensitivity epidemic, many Millennials see as “being morally minded.” Ypulse’s PC Police trend tackled this topic, and found half of 13-33-year-olds would describe political correctness as treating others with respect, and 66% agree that political correctness is one way to make culture kinder and more inclusive. (Business Insider)

 “I’m too lazy to exercise on purpose. Too much work…If I can't get it with my dog, my job, or my nightlife, it ain't happening.”
—Female, 23, CA

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