The Friday Don’t Miss List

Check out what Millennials have been saying, doing, and seeing this week in our round-up of topics that we covered along with what’s trending. In case you missed it…

 

 

 

 


1. The Comical State of Millennials
We covered the satirical comic from Millennial Matt Bors in this week’s Essentials, but the artist is far from finished with his generational commentary. Bors posted a follow-up on his blog referring to the share numbers for the comic strip, which reached 117,000 on Facebook and garnered 5,879 comments so far, essentially saying 'I told you so' to CNN’s editors who have been reluctant to post comics for years. Expect to see more from Bors and make sure not to miss his next post about unpaid internships.

2. Brooklyn is the New “It” Girl
This week’s Essentials also mentioned the “Brooklyn Girl” as a blanket stereotype for female hipsters, and apparently “Brooklynification” will live on in pop culture for the time being. Don’t miss one Millennial who is super annoyed, noting that hipsters are everywhere: Portland, Chicago, LA, and “Brooklyn didn’t invent the Brooklyn Girl.”

 


3. Don’t Quit Cable Just Yet
We told you about the wave of Millennial-focused TV networks, so don’t miss newcomer Pivot who is fighting for the top spot. With a focus on social advocacy and creative content, Pivot will debut 300 hours of original programming including Please Like Me, a scripted series that centers on an Australian 21-year-old. If the cult popularity of HBO’s Aussie-teen-filled Summer Heights High is any indication of the show’s potential for success, Pivot could become a favorite. Did we mention Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s variety show on the network? 99 days left and counting.
 
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“I observe holidays and religion-based traditions but am more connected to it as a culture than as a religion.”—Female, 27, MA

Chinese youth have a “selfie obsession” that’s changing beauty standards and creating a new tier of celebrity. The Influencer Effect is full blown in China, where young consumers are beautifying their selfies via filter apps like Meitu and plastic surgery—all in the quest to look more like wang hong, their internet celebrities. One influencer, HoneyCC, argues that “Selfies are part of Chinese culture now, and so is Meitu-editing selfies.” But some say the trend is pushing the population to become more homogenous by favoring certain features, and headlines have lashed back against the whitening of skin prevalent in social apps. (The New Yorker)

Eighty-one percent of Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily’s Millennial readers say social media is the best way for advertisers to reach them. Bustle’s latest questionnaire also found that 40% of their 18-34-year-old readers prefer Instagram for brand communications, followed by trusted websites, email, and online articles. Some other fun insights: Over half believe that a company should give back, instead of just turning a profit, and 49% think “companies should do more to protect the environment.” (Adweek)

Drug use is down among teens—except when it comes to marijuana and vaping. From the 1990s to 2017, the percentage of teens who said they’d been drunk dropped from 46% and 58%, and those reporting they’ve smoked cigarettes from 26% and 17%. However, marijuana use increased for the first time in seven years in 2017, while vaping is up as well, with at least 19% of high school seniors, 16% of sophomores, and 8% of eighth-graders saying they’ve vaped in the past year. (LATimes)

Two modern dating shows are coming to Facebook Watch. The first “unscripted dating show” from SoulPancake, Love & Longitude, is shot on iPhones and shows two potential love interests’ relationship blossoming across FaceTime, social media, and other digital interactions. The second dating show from Machinima, Co-Op Connection, plays into the esports craze. One bachelor gets to pick his partner based on their personality—and their skills at the videogame, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. (tubefiltertubefilter)

Some cities are past their “peak Millennial” populations, as the generation increasingly finds new digs in the suburbs. Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles all reached their highest Millennial population in 2015, and New York and Washington D.C. are showing slowing Millennial growth, according to U.S. Census data. Meanwhile Chicago’s suburbs and others have seen an uptick in their young adult populations—another Millennial myth debunked. Which urban centers are still attracting the demo as they age up? “Tech hubs” like Seattle and San Francisco. (Time)

“Crochet and knitting are very relaxing, therapeutic, and have tangible results."—Female, 31, AL

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