The Rise of Snap-Judgment Dating

If you haven’t heard of Tinder yet, you probably haven’t been hanging out with any single Millennials lately. The dating app has become big buzz in recent months, finding popularity on college campuses and in urban dating scenes alike. The basic premise of Tinder is to connect you with new people in your area (within a 50 mile radius) that you already have common interests with. Using Facebook information, the service presents potential matches to the user based on a rating composed from a combination of shared friends, interests, and networks. Once two users have expressed mutual interest in one another and a match has been made, they can chat through the app and then meet up in real life.
 
On one level, Tinder is a perfect example of the technology that facilitates Millennials’ real-life interactions. It connects people with common interests, and allows them to test the waters of communication by chatting casually through the app before deciding to actually meet. A useful service with a positive purpose: helping young digitally savvy people meet and find love, and one that some may say is especially needed in the modern dating world where old structures of courtship have broken down.
 
But on another level, Tinder puts the superficial snap-judgment front and center in the pre-dating process. The most addictive (and talked about) feature of the app is the ability to filter through potential dates with the swipe of a finger. Images (and the name and age) of possible matches are shown in a seemingly endless stream and then pushed into “like” or “pass” categories— mostly based just on their profile picture, and often in a mere few seconds. Think Hot or Not for dating. To use another comparison, it is essentially the digital version of the now-defunct MTV dating show Next, in which…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: "My favorite show is New Girl  because it makes me feel like I'm hanging out with my friends. It's so funny, relatable, and relaxed. It's also convenient to watch for free on the Fox website.”—Female, 20, IL

Millennials would rather lose their ability to make phone calls than delete their Snapchat—according to a new study from live chat provider LivePerson. When asked about the one app they would not want to lose on their phones, 35% of 18-24-year-olds chose text, 17% chose Snapchat, and 14% chose phone. According to a 2013 Wall Street Journal article, picking up the phone is seen more as “an interruption” by the generation, and our Talk the Talk trend revealed that 38% of 13-33-year-olds prefer to communicate with friends and family with text messages and chat apps. (Business Insider)  

Today’s young females are facing the same obstacles at work their mothers did. A McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.Org study found that 23% of employed Millennial women believe “their gender has prevented them from getting ahead at work”—only 3% less than older females. And while younger female workers are more ambitious than older women, “the difference between the share of men and women saying they want to be a top executive” is almost the same among Millennials and older employees. Many Millennial females are taking non-traditional employment paths like to take control of their career paths and advance quicker. (The Wall Street Journal

What are Millennials spending their money on? Coffee, kale, fantasy football, and strippers. An analysis of mobile payments made on Venmo found the top spending categories among users—many 18-34-years-old—are food, rent, alcohol, “fun,” and coffee. Pizza was the most-used emoji and food was the most-used term, followed by Uber, rent, "fantasy" and bills. Kale ranked at 21 on the top 100 list, and strippers were number 91. Venmo processed around $4 billion in peer-to-peer payments in the second quarter of this year, up 141% from 2015. (CNBC

Samsung is the most respected brand among Millennials in the U.S., and they’re aiming to continually “[raise] the bar for technology innovation.” Focused on creating an experience, the brand is leading the way in virtual reality technology, with plans to “to incorporate gesture and motion tracking enabling users to interact in virtual environments without having to use a controller.” They’ve worked on VR projects with VICE, and recently staged an interactive VR experience at Lollapolooza, which allowed festival attendees to livestream performances and try out 4D surfing, skateboarding, hot air ballooning, and riding a roller coaster. (brandchannel

Immensely popular collectibles Shopkins toys will soon be on the small screen with their first ever movie. Moose Toys has teamed up with Universal Pictures for Shopkins: Chef Club, a direct-to-video movie that will be out next month. The story will feature fan-favorite characters, as well as new ones that will be added to the Shoppies Dolls collection to coincide with the movie’s release. Shopkins currently has 140 different collectable toy characters and an animated webisode series that has generated almost 100 million views on YouTube. (Kidscreen

Quote of the Day: “Master of None represents my generation because it takes the little things (going to a taco place) and expands on how the choices are debilitating.”—Female, 33, MN

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