Special Report: Inside Millennials’ Mobile Social World

We tracked the mobile activity of 18-25-year-olds to find out exactly what they’re doing on their phones, what platforms they’re spending their time on, for how long, and more…

It should come as no surprise that 63% of Millennials tell us they can’t live without their phones—and 43% agree that they’re addicted to social media. (Those are just the ones willing to admit it.) According to mobile device company B2X, Millennials around the world look at their phones three times more than Boomers on average. But actually understanding what they’re actually doing on their devices is another story. We track their social media use and mobile media consumption, survey them on their mobile and social behavior—but we wanted to get even closer. Last month, we asked a group of 18-25-year-olds to give us access to their smartphones, allowing us to track the apps they’re using and get a real look at their mobile social behavior. With that rich data, we’ve created a Special Report* that gives an in-depth look at Millennials’ social media behaviors—what they’re really using, when, for how long, and more.

*This full Special Report is available to Gold subscribers to download here! They can also access an interactive digital version of these findings to instantly look at the groups and platforms they’re most interested in, all with a few clicks. 

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Here’s a glimpse at what we discovered: 

We know that young consumers are on their phones all the time, but how much of that time is spent on social media platforms versus other apps and content? It’s a question we’re asked all the time—and now we know. Almost half of 18-25-year-olds’ time on their phones was spent on social apps and sites. We should note that using social apps was…

 
 

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Starbucks thinks the “health and wellness” trend is to blame for declining Frappuccino sales. Despite marketing efforts like the Unicorn Frappuccino, syrupy drink sales are down 3% from last year. However, rivals like McDonald’s and Dunkin' Donuts could be stealing sugary beverage sales from the coffee giant, meaning young consumers’ penchant for healthification isn't necessarily the culprit. In fact, McDonalds recently debuted two new frozen drinks that earning praising on Twitter. (NYPFox News)

Apple is getting into kids’ content, teaming up with Sesame Workshop for a slate of original shows. Live-action, animated, and puppet-based series will be included in the programming, but Sesame Street itself is not part of the deal. There are no details yet on where Apple will release the shows, meaning they could either shop them to another platform or debut them on their own streaming platform. Considering that Apple has several original program deals in the works, they could be looking to bulk up their own bid in the streaming wars. (Kidscreen)

Twitter and Tumblr posts are getting a new lease on life—as screenshots on Instagram. While young users of Twitter and Tumblr have declined, Ypulse’s Social Media Trackerfound that over half of 13-35-year-olds use Instagram daily. Instagram is the preferred place to post memes, despite many accounts creating their content elsewhere. Why do they switch platforms to post? Instagram’s Discover tab allows faster browsing than Twitter, while Instagram images are displayed in full rather than being cut off, like they are on Twitter. (The Verge)

Eggo sales are down in between seasons of Stranger Things. Yes, the sci-fi series has that much influence on the frozen waffle’s revenue. One Eggo executive explains that they “quickly leveraged the [resulting] consumer engagement” from the show, and it paid off: sales jumped 14% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 9.4% for the first four months of 2018. However, fewer people are binging the Gen Z & Millennial favorite these days, so Kellogg’s frozen pancakes, waffles, and French toast sales have slowed to just 1.3% year-over-year. (CNN)

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