Teen Mag Roundup

Today we’ve pulled the need-to-know trends from teen reads SeventeenNYLON, and J-14 to update you with what matters to teenage consumers.
 
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Celebrating Rebellion: Miley Cyrus’ fandom, know as the “Smilers,” weigh in on what makes their idol so charismatic. Gracie, a 17-year-old who runs a Miley fan account on Twitter with 35,000 followers, quotes: “I respect her because she does exactly what she wants and never second-guesses herself. I envy that kind of confidence.” Though her transition from Disney tween to controversial pop-icon has been a shock for some original fans, Millennials enjoy being entertained by what is out of their comfort zone since they avoid extreme rebellion in their own lives.
 
Bye-Bye Barely There Swimwear: Say goodbye to the long-heralded string bikini and hello to graphic print one-pieces and high-rise bikini bottoms. Girls increasingly want their intimates and swimwear to look like everyday clothing, so thick-strapped and off-the-shoulder crop tops for swim will be must-haves, showing that covering up is especially cool right now.
 
Selfies Still Got It: 62% of readers are into the #Selfie music video which currently has over 78 million views on YouTube. The song has been riffed on in countless Vine videos and pokes fun at Millennial social media habits while also glorifying selfie behavior.
 
Chick Lit Page Turner: Debuting April 22nd is a book from E! News correspondent Ken Baker called How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love. Though the title sounds stereotypical, the story is a sarcasm-laden account of a girl’s struggle with being overweight and the motivation she builds to turn her life around. Reviewers call it “sassy” and “honest” as an empowering piece of chick lit for young readers.
 
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Quote of the Day: “I don't drink on a typical night, but my choice when I do have a drink is often red wine.”

—Female, 34, FL

13 Reasons Why, the Netflix series about a teen girl’s suicide, has some mental health professionals worried. While some applaud the show for increasing awareness about teen suicide, others fear the series could act as suicide contagion, increasing the risk of an individual engaging in copycat behavior. School districts across the U.S. are sending letters to parents to discuss the show and red flags to watch for in teens’ behavior, while counsellors are having conversations with students and patients. The National Association of School Psychologists has recommended that at-risk youth shouldn’t watch the series, and cautions adults to help teens differentiate “between a TV drama and real life.” (CNN)

U.K. Millennials consider themselves ‘grown up’ at age 27, according to a recent survey by Nationwide Current Accounts. With shifting paradigms surrounding adulthood, Millennials are defining maturity differently, and over half surveyed feel like entrance to adulthood depends on particular milestones rather than age. One in five believe they’re mature when they have children and another one in five when they move out of their parent’s home. Interestingly, Ypulse’s Adulting trend found that paying their own bills is the top sign of adulthood for Millennials in the U.S. (Telegraph)

Millennial shoppers are re-defining retail by purchasing on mobile, returning at higher rates, and ‘showrooming’—selecting clothes in-store then purchasing online—as a part of their “normal” purchasing process.  According to Criteo, as more clothing is purchased online, retailers can expect larger cart sizes at checkout, and return rates as high as 30-50%—which could create an opportunity to get young shoppers back into stores. Successful retailers are ““moving seamlessly between” online and off by covering return shipping costs or allowing in-store returns, innovating their online experiences, and keeping a high volume of product available in both spaces. (MediaPost)

Mexican wine country is becoming a top travel destination for Millennials. Cheaper, artsier, and arguably more authentic than Napa or Sonoma, Valle de Guadelupe is quickly accruing acclaim with twenty and thirtysomethings, who Ypulse has found love their wine. The small strip of vineyards and restaurants is shifting to suit their needs with food trucks, modern art, and even Uber for wine tours, when just a decade ago, the area didn’t even have the necessary roads to facilitate tourism. One winery owner observes, “What used to happen in this part of the world was that no one had anything to do and now everyone has appointments every hour.” (NYTimes)

The restaurant industry currently employs one third of all working teenagers, thanks to a recent uptick in teen employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, teens made up 35% of all restaurant workers in 2016, the highest percentage since 2009. Teen participation in the restaurant industry was above 50% until the Great Recession when it started a steep downward trend, causing staffing challenges across the industry. But it’s too early to know if the recent boost in employment signals a new trend or is just “a temporary blip.” (National Restaurant Association)

Quote of the Day: “If a brand is going to interact with a 'fandom' of any sort, they’d better either A) Know what they're talking about and have someone lead the interactions who is a fan as well, or B) Be honest in a funny way…”

—Female, 21, Virginia

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