How Social Media Won The Election

Election night has come and gone, but there’s a still a lot to learn from the race about how Millennials were involved in making it the most social election ever! Besides election night breaking a record with 20 million tweets, young people have taken to the Web the past few months, sharing political memes, gifs, status updates, and more. Most Millennials will tell you that their newsfeeds have been flooded with election information, and their generation has used Facebook as a forum to express their views via status updates and comments. They’ve been much more involved in the election than they’re given credit for, and in surveying 367 Millennials this past weekend, this became especially clear. Most of all, Gen Y made their interactions around the election social, engaging their peers in political information in accessible and often entertaining ways.

We asked Millennials about their political habits on social media leading up to the election and found that they were most active on Facebook. One-third (35%) said they posted a Facebook status about the election in the past two months and 4 in 10 (41%) commented on someone’s Facebook status about the election. Moreover, a quarter (24%) tweeted about the election and a close percentage (26%) replied to or retweeted someone else’s tweet about the election. Obviously these numbers jumped dramatically on Election Day with nearly 30% of Millennials informing their network who they voted for and millions sharing their thoughts on the outcome. Apparently taking pictures of, or Instagramming your ballot, is illegal in some states, but this idea itself reflects a very Millennial mindset of wanting to document their experiences and excitement about the election across social media.

Moreover, much of the political information among peers has…

 
 

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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)  

Quote of the Day: “I have a diamond wedding ring but any stone would be beautiful and appreciated.”—Female, 24, MN

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