The Friday Don’t Miss List

Here is your round up of trending topics we've covered this week and some things you might not have seen. In case you missed it…

 

 

 

 

 

Just Saying No to Pot Marketing
We covered Gen Y getting high and this generation leading the charge for the legal right to toke up, but is America ready for marijuana advertising? The answer at the moment (especially among parents of young children) seems to be a resounding no.  Still, it shouldn't be missed that marketers are already seeing dollar signs, funding cannabis-product networking events and dreaming up “Starbucks-style marijuana shops.”

 

 

 

 

 

We Told You: Divergent Getting Big
We covered the entertainment series that could become the next big thing this week, but don’t miss one that we had already talked up last year. We predicted the hype around YA series Divergent (written by a Millennial!) and now it has debuted at comic-con with an impressive cast list for its first big screen installment, currently in production. Starring as Tris, the gutsy female lead, Shailene Woodley is already being dubbed “the next Jennifer Lawrence.”

 

 

 

Are You the Catfish?
In case you didn’t know, Catfish matters. We let you know why in last week’s article about the MTV favorite that “puts the real back into reality.” Now don’t miss Buzzfeed’s amusing (and quite accurate) quiz to figure out your Catfish personality. Are you host Nev, “trying to balance the karmic retribution of exploiting a sweet, sad, middle-aged Midwestern woman” or the catfishee who “believed in the Tooth Fairy until your college years?”

 

Kanye’s White Tee Should Have WiFi
The popularity of Kanye West’s capsule collection for A.P.C. got mention in our Essentials this week, but don’t miss that the minimalist pieces have brought out some tough…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the day: “I learned to cook with ship-to-home meals like Blue Apron.” –Male, 24, IL

Lego has an imaginary friend that they want you to meet. The brand's latest video campaign, created in partnership with Facebook, asks kids around the world to define and build a “kronkiwongi,” whatever they imagine it might be. The clips celebrate kids’ imaginations and creativity, and the brand is hoping to engage and inspire parents with the content. Participants are encouraged to upload videos of their own kids’ kronkiwongi creations, which will be compiled into a final video showcasing all the submissions. (Campaign Live)

YouTube’s #humblebrag last week was well deserved, as the site comes in at number one for U.S. tweens and teens. According to a survey by KidSay, 89% of 8-15-year-olds use YouTube, and 44% subscribe to between one and 10 channels, while 35% subscribe to more than 21 channels. 29% of tweens and teens say watching videos is what they do most while online, with boys gravitating towards game-related channels and girls watching more DIY, life-style centric channels. According to Ypulse’s social media tracker, 79% of 13-32-year-olds currently say they have a YouTube account. (Kidscreen)

Ever wonder why music taste varies by generation? According to a study by Spotify and Echo Nest data, taste in music is solidified around 33-years-old, after which it becomes more rare to seek out new music. This “taste freeze,” when music preferences are locked in, happens when listeners stop listening to what’s considered popular music, and instead return to “the music that was popular when they were coming of age.” The study illustrates that listeners’ interest in new music continues until around 25, then slows to “maturity” in the mid-30s. (Uproxx)

BMW wants to make Drivers Ed cool. The luxury car brand is offering teens in several major U.S. cities a free, two-hour driving class that teaches “safety and fun” and also puts participants behind the wheels of several BMW models. The free class is a shortened version of their two day, $1,295 hands-on course that lets kids learn about everything from hand placement to high-speed breaking, and take the Beemers out for a spin on a road course to improve their skills, and presumably become more attached to the brand. (Time)

Last week anonymous group Never 21 took over Millennial-favorite brand Forever 21’s flagship store in New York City to spread awareness of the young people of color who were never able to reach age 21 due to police violence. The group hung a #BlackLivesMatter banner in the window and dressed the mannequins in “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts. We’re continuing to see Millennials step forward and become a part of social activism movements around the world. (Refinery29)

Let’s face it—we are living in the age of the selfie. It’s a legitimate Webster term, the new autograph, a way to say hi, and we’ve taken a closer look at the current status of young consumers and the selfie for you. Check out our most recentInfographic Snapshot, which breaks down complex data into an easy to understand and quick to digest visual takeaway. Our Gold and Silver subscribers are given access to our regularly published informative Infographic Snapshots that take our proprietary monthly survey stats and synthesize them to tell a story about this generation’s behaviors and views. (Ypulse)

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