Social Media Influences Style And Self-Expression

Social Media And NailsTake a look at most female Millennials’ pictures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as their Pinterest boards, and you’ll likely see style inspiration everywhere. Social media has become a key way for young people to get beauty ideas and they’re turning to these sources, as well as YouTube, Tumblr, Polyvore, and countless other sites, to share their style and get suggestions. Posting and viewing nail art online is nothing new, but this trend is everywhere these days, highlighting just how much young people seek to share and receive information from their peers. While a picture of sparkly nails may be worth a thousand words (or likes!), we decided to survey 346 female Millennials ages 13-34 to highlight just how much social media impacts their beauty choices.

Fully 4 in 10 (43%) female Millennials have looked up nail art on social media in the past six months and 27% have posted a picture of their nails. They’re eager to try out different colors and designs, especially since nail art has become a key part of one’s outfit and a way to accessorize. This is especially the case for 13-17-year-old girls; 52% of teens have looked up nail art compared to 41% of 18-34-year-olds. This makes sense as teens are forming their identity and in doing so, they can easily experiment with their nails.Hair Ideas

Interestingly enough, even more Millennials are turning to social media for hairstyle information with 60% saying they’ve looked up hair ideas/inspiration on such sites. Again, teens (68%) are more likely to do this than older Millennials (58%), but a plurality of both age groups are still doing so. Some are looking up hair ideas on Pinterest or blogs, and nearly half (49%) report that they’ve watched a YouTube video in the past six months to learn how to do a specific hairstyle. From…

 
 

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“It[‘s] only about the music for me, nothing else dictates what I listen to, I either like it or I don't.”—Male, 28, WA

A new app is getting teens’ attention as it rises through the ranks of the new social apps to know, even surpassing Houseparty’s popularity—but the catch is it’s “piggyback[ing]” on Snapchat. Polly allows users to create anonymous surveys that they can send on Snapchat (there's that anonymity allure again), meaning many users may not have actually downloaded the Polly app, so they “could slip away if friends stop posting questions.” For now though, the app amassed 20 million users and 100 million answers last month, proving it’s one to keep an eye on. (TechCrunch)

Designers are taking to social media to “shame” the retailers ripping off their work. When Zoila Darton spotted a Forever 21 shirt eerily similar to the one she helped create to benefit Planned Parenthood, she posted a tweet to let the brand know their copycat didn’t go unnoticed—and quickly gained attention from fashion editors and others. This isn’t the first time pieces have been copied by Forever 21, but designers have a hard time taking legal recourse against the powerful company. Instead, social media posts are often their best bet. (NYTimes)

BeautyCon is continuing to take “Sephora and Coachella and smash it into one thing” to appeal to young consumers. At the latest L.A. event, 20,000 beauty fans came to meet their influencer idols and try out the latest makeup trends, surrounded by empowering slogans and messages—true to the brand’s idea that “beauty can be something beyond a concealer culture.” Of course, brands were there “to win over the new generation”—ChapStick Duo offered cotton candy while Rimmel London’s “slayground” gave attendees a chance to set down their makeup and enjoy a jungle gym and swing set.
(The New Yorker)

It turns out saving money might not be cord cutters’ top reason for switching to streaming. Instead, a recent Magid Associates survey found that “the attractions” of SVOD programming (aka their content) is their top reason for making the move, followed by the overall decline of TV-viewing among 18-24-year-olds. Cable companies are trying to reel The Post-TV Gen back in by offering lower-cost cable bundles (so-called “skinny bundles”), but stepping up their shows might be a better first step to reversing the “accelerating” trend of cutting the cord. (TheStreet)

Pokémon is reaching out to a new generation of trainers with its first app for preschool-aged kids. Pokémon Playhouse follows in the wake of the massively successful augmented reality app, Pokémon Go (which was so popular that we put together an entire infographic on it) but won’t be AR-based. Instead, Playhouse will tap into the collectibles trend by featuring favorite characters like Pikachu for kids to collect by completing activities. There will also be puzzles and more in the app’s “interactive park.” (Kidscreen)

“I'm literally listening to music any time it is socially acceptable.”—Female, 28, MN

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