That Snapchat Hot Dog is on The Viral List

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Snapchat’s break-dancing hot dog is the new king of the internet, watermelons are the star of summer 2017, an office email on mental health is going viral, and more stories that are trending on the interwebs this week…

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingThe Break-Dancing Hot Dog That Took Over the Internet

In case you missed it, a break-dancing hot dog took over the internet this week. The animated food came from a new augmented-reality Snapchat filter that allows users to place the character in any situation to dance and perform tricks—and many are turning it into a viral meme. In one viral tweet, the hot dog is dancing at a store before being taken away in a cart, generating over 76,000 retweets and over 120,000 likes. Over on Instagram, a post of a cartoon imagining what life is like for the dancing hot dog’s family generated over 190,000 views. The fascination even extends into Reddit, where a conversation on what song the talented hot dog is dancing to is garnering buzz.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingThe Summer of Watermelon  

Is watermelon the emblem of Summer 2017? According to a collage of watermelon accessories pulled from Instagram by fashion journalist Ana Kinsella, it is—and evidence is mounting. Fashion influencer @manrepeller sported a watermelon purse, watermelon makeup looks are taking over Instagram feeds, and a watermelon dress challenge is spreading. Twitter users are carving dresses out of the fruit and then creating an optical illusion by placing the fruit fashion over a far-away person to show it off. Even Ryan Seacrest has joined in on the fun, generating over 500 likes on Twitter. Then there’s #Watermelonbae: a woman who showed off her mesmerizing, and intensely quick, watermelon slicing skills on Instagram, earning over 25,000 views.

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingThe Viral Mental Health Email

A CEO’s response to an employee taking a mental health…

 
 

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“I love watching movies and shows uninterrupted.”—Female, 18, CO

Mattel just made the first hijab-wearing Barbie. She’s based on Ibtihaj Muhammad, who won the Olympic bronze medal for fencing for the U.S. while wearing a hijab. Brands are bringing diversity to the toy aisle to appease The Diversity Tipping Point generation’s appetite for inclusion, and this new doll is a step in the right direction. She gives girls a new role model and (in Muhammad’s words) encourages them "to embrace what makes them unique." Mattel has plans to create an entire line of Barbies based on inspirational women next year. (BBC)

Another ‘90s classic, Are You Afraid of the Dark, is coming to the big screen and revisiting Millennials’ childhood nightmares. Nostalgia entertainment is big business for the entertainment industry, who are hoping to capitalize on Millennials and Gen Z’s trademark wistfulness, and it doesn’t hurt that this screenplay for the remake is being written by It’s screenwriter. With horror proving it can bring in massive audiences these days, this mixture of dark content and nostalgia is a good bet to get them in theaters. (Collider)

Millennials are causing a “baby bust”—they aren’t having enough kids to keep the U.S. population at the “replacement level.” According to the Negative Population Growth Inc., the birth rate has dropped below the death rate, with women are having an average of just 1.8 births compared to the 2.1 needed to keep the population steady. The research blames all Millennials for the drop, reporting that “irth rates for all age groups of women under 30 fell to record lows in 2016.” (Washington Examiner)

Kellogg’s is coming back to NYC, with a bigger (and maybe better) cereal café than last year’s Times Square popup. The 5,000 square foot Union Square space will be a permanent place for Millennials to try crafty concoctions from Kellogg’s, who hopes getting the demo to rethink the product will keep Millennials from “killing” cereal as we know it. The company claims “It’ll be a destination for foodies and people to chill, create and explore the endless possibilities of cereal all in one place, whether it be for breakfast, lunch or a snack later in the day.” (CSA)

People are binging Netflix in public—at work, in line, and even on the toilet. A new study from Netflix found that 67% of viewers have watched a show or movie in public, 37% admit to tuning in at work, and 12% have pressed play in a public restroom. One in five have cried during a public streaming session, and 11% have seen a spoiler on another public streamer’s screen—but that’s not stopping them. The Binge Effect is real and bigger than ever: 60% of respondents said they binge more content than they did last year. (MashableMarkets Insider)

“I really enjoyed Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul does a really good job capturing the same intensity and intrigue that the original series did…”—Male, 28, NY

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