The New Year’s Resolution Over Half of Young Consumers Have This Year

We asked 1000 13-34-year-olds to tell us their 2017 New Year’s resolutions to find the most common personal goals they have this year…

‘Tis the season for resolutions—and according to Ypulse’s most recent monthly survey of young consumers, 61% of 13-34-year-olds have a New Year’s resolution this year. Males and females are equally likely to have a resolution—and interestingly 18-20-year-olds are the most likely to say they will have one. Non-Millennials have plenty of advice for the generation, suggesting resolutions like investing and purge social media friends. BuzzFeed is ready with posts like suggesting resolutions based on readers’ star signs. (Yes, seriously.) Model Millennial Mark Zuckerburg’s resolution is to “have visited and met people in every state in the U.S. by the end of the year”—a lofty ambition the average young person wouldn’t likely have in mind. But we know what young consumers are resolving to do this year—and even if it’s something they’ll break in the next month, their resolutions show a lot about their values. We asked 1000 13-34-year-olds to tell us what their New Year resolution is as both an open end and close end questions. When we asked them their resolutions as an open-end question, the most-mentioned resolutions were: losing weight, working out, eating better, and being healthy. The majority of respondents listed many things as their resolution. One 16-year-old female listed: “Staying in shape, Keeping up French lessons, Continue playing piano, Save money for car, college, and travel,” and a 25-year-old male listed, “To not forget anyone's birthday, Lose weight and get toned.” Then, to get a more clear view of what they’re hoping to achieve, we asked what category their resolution best fits into. Here’s what we found over half of young consumers are…

 
 

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“There are alleys with street art that I've walked out of my way to take pictures of to share on Snapchat/Facebook.”
—Female, 32, IL

Mattel’s new toy franchise Enchantimals is inspired by Instagram and Snapchat filters. The new line of 14 dolls are all half-animal—think the bunny and deer filters—and each “shares a ritual trait with her animal friend.” Their origin and the YouTube series starring the girls are no doubt a part of Mattel’s “five-pillar strategic plan” to be a more digital brand. Appealing to Millennial parents and their kids has been a tough sell for Mattel, but they’re making moves like changing up Barbie’s body type and asking kids to pick the next big toy on TV to keep up with the next generation. (Kidscreen)

Harry Potter fans, raise your butterbeers up, because this franchise and its fandom will never die. Two more books from the Harry Potter universe are hitting shelves this fall—though they aren’t actually written by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic are instead both written by the British Library, to coincide with an exhibition dedicated to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the first book. The two new works will include “exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive,” to delight serious fans of the series. (USA Today, New York Times)

Restaurants are being designed with Instagrammability in mind. From unicorn foods to neon signs and tile floors with hidden messages, restaurateurs aren’t just tolerating Instagrammers, they’re intentionally acting as “Instagram bait” to earn some free press. And it doesn’t end at Instagrammable design touches. Many restaurants stress having perfect lighting, and one even provides “Instagram packs” at customer request, consisting of “a portable LED light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide-angle lens, tripod, and a selfie stick.” (The Verge, Grub Street)

Some student loan debt is getting “wiped away” in court because of missing paperwork. Students defaulting on their private loans are getting taken to court by aggressive creditors, but as it turns out, many don’t have the required documents to make them pay up. National Collegiate is at the center of many of these trials—one lawyer in Iowa represented 30 cases brought on by them, and 27 were dismissed because of “critical omissions or flaws” in the paperwork. Some Millennials prioritizing paying back debt might just catch a lucky break. (New York Times)

Millennials want older generations to know why they stand by political correctness. While some may despair the overly PC state of the world, many young consumers see political correctness as protection from prejudice, and a show of respect. What some may view as an over-sensitivity epidemic, many Millennials see as “being morally minded.” Ypulse’s PC Police trend tackled this topic, and found half of 13-33-year-olds would describe political correctness as treating others with respect, and 66% agree that political correctness is one way to make culture kinder and more inclusive. (Business Insider)

 “I’m too lazy to exercise on purpose. Too much work…If I can't get it with my dog, my job, or my nightlife, it ain't happening.”
—Female, 23, CA

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