Social Media Snapshot: Young Males VS Females

We survey young consumers’ on their social media use every quarter to keep on top of the platforms Millennials and teens are spending the most time on—and today we’re spotlighting the differences between males and females’ social behavior…

When Twitter announced that Vine, which they acquired for $30 million four years ago, will be shut down “in the coming months.” The news shocked many in the industry—especially those who made a name for themselves on the platform. But we weren’t too surprised. Why? Our social media tracker has been showing signs of Vine’s faltering status: 24% of 13-33-year-olds reported using it in September of 2014, dropping to 12% in September of this year. Thanks to our monthly surveys, we collect real-time stats on young consumers’ social media use across all platforms—from the biggest current players to the up and coming ones to watch—to keep close tabs on the ups and downs of the networks among each age group, gender, ethnicity, and more.

Our social media surveys look at use on three levels: the platforms' use overall, the platforms they use daily, and the platforms they post or comment on daily. Today, we’re giving you a snapshot of Millennials and teens’ social media behavior, comparing young males and females most used platforms. We’ll start with the top ten ranked platforms for each group when we ask which social media networks they currently use: 

There are only two networks unique to each group: Reddit ranks in the top ten for males but not females, while Pinterest is in the top networks for females and not males. But a closer look at the data shows some of the underlying differences in their use: 

Though Instagram is a top-five used network among both 13-33-years-old males and females, females are far more likely to be using the platform than…

 
 

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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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