What’s the One Tech Item Gen Z & Millennials Would Buy Next?

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We asked 1000 13-34-year-olds to tell us what one device they would buy next, if they could…

Have you heard that the hype over wearables may be ahead of its time? A new AYTM Market Research poll revealed that about three-quarters of consumers over 18-years-old in the U.S. have never purchased a wearable, though nearly half say they are likely to buy a wearable or smart clothing within the next five years. More than a quarter say they aren’t sure if they plan to do so, while another 27.6% say they most likely won’t. The market has clearly not lived up to expectations, with data showing that sales and shipments are slowing.

Wearables aren’t the only hyped-tech-item. We all know what happened to Google Glasses, and though year after year we’re told that virtual reality is going to be big “this year,” the reality is that adoption has been slow. We’ve commented before that young consumers have a bit of tech malaise—used to tech developing at lightning speed, they've been blown away by some of the innovations they’ve seen in their lifetime. But after decades of purchasing life-altering devices, nothing seems able to surprise and amaze them all that much these days; or at least, not much seems to be getting them to buy en masse. So what new (or not so new) devices are they actually interested in owning? In Ypulse’s recent Tech Device Use & Ownership survey, we asked 1000 13-34-year-olds, “What is the one tech item you would buy next if you could?” Here are their top responses:

*These were open-end response questions to allow us to capture the full range of tech items that 13-34-year-olds are interested in owning. As with any qualitative question, the responses include those that are top of mind and those that are most desired. The lists are ordered according to number of responses…

 
 

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—Male, 29 VA

Over half of Millennials believe “money can buy happiness.” Fifty-three percent of 22-39-year-olds believe the more money you have, the happier you are, compared to 38% of Americans overall, according to Mintel. The research also shows Millennials are optimists: a little over half are confident in their financial futures, although nearly a third consider paying off credit card bills their greatest financial challenge. Considering the Ypulse financial tracker shows 59% of 18-34-year-olds have debt, we’re not surprised. (MediaPost)

Mickey Mouse Club is coming back for a new generation, and they know just where to find them: social media. Disney announced at Vidcon that the new rendition of the variety show will be released in snackable snippets on social media only. The show will search for future stars with little to no social followings, but big, undiscovered talents, such as choreography and songwriting. Disney is winning out with Millennials and this nostalgic hit should be right on brand; you can see it at the end of August on the Oh My Disney Facebook channel. (THR)

Summer camp costs more than ever before, and some parents are paying big bucks for their children to rough it. Sleepaway camps cost an average of $768 a week, up from $397 in 2005, for often less-than-luxe accommodations. Affluent parents who want their kids to “just be normal” are sending them to camps that can cost $20,000 for basic room and board that “smells a little mildewy,” where kids do their own laundry, clean their rooms, have roommates, and engage in typical camp activities—macaroni art, anyone? (MarketWatch)

Taco Bell has built brand love and a loyal fan following across digital. Their record-breaking giant taco head Snapchat lenswas just the beginning of their successful social marketing strategy, which involves treating each platform differently. The latest example is their YouTube series, Taco Tales, which includes 40 pieces of long-form content catered to their fans. They’ve accrued 10.5 million Facebook fans, 1.85 million Twitter followers, and 60,000 YouTube subscribers with their “wacky,” authentic brand voice in an effort to not just people-please, but to be themselves—which may be why they’re one of young adults’ favorite fast food restaurants.

(The Drum)

More evidence that Millennials still love analog books: They’re the most likely generation to use public libraries, according to a Pew Research Report. More than half of 18-35-year-olds have frequented a public library in the last twelve months, compared to 45% of Gen X, 43% of Boomers, and 36% of Silents. University libraries were specifically not counted, so being college-aged isn’t giving them any advantage, either. The finding goes hand in hand with Ypulse data that shows reading is 13-34-year-olds’ biggest hobby. 

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