Why are Teens Eating Tide Pods? Find Out on The Viral List

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Teens are attempting to eat laundry pods in a new dangerous online challenge, Black Panther is breaking presale records, Ikea asks pregnant women to pee on a magazine ad to get a discount, and more trending stories you can’t miss!

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingTeens Try The Tide Pod Challenge

A 2015 meme has morphed into a new dangerous online challenge where teens are attempting/pretending to eat laundry pods. Reportedly inspired by a 2015 column from The Onion about a “child who wanted to eat a blue and red detergent pod,” the meme started out as a showcase of jokes on how the pods resembled candy. In March 2017, CollegeHumor took the trend one step further with a parody video showing a college student eating Tide Pods even after researching its poisonous effects—and now teens are reportedly following suit, posting videos of themselves chewing on the colorful pods (before spitting them out) or sautéing them on the stove. The challenge has gone so viral that doctors are sending out warnings, and even Tide has had to respond stating: “Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes…They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if meant as a joke.” If the warnings aren’t enough, never fear, actual Tide pod-inspired sushi is also here

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketingBlack Panther Is Already Breaking Records

Upcoming superhero film Black Panther won’t be out for another month and it’s already breaking records. The Marvel film, set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda with black superheroes and strong female narratives, sold more pre-sale tickets in its first 24 hours on Fandango than any other movie in the comic book franchise. It was also the top ticket-seller of the day, surpassing Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Even one of the film’s stars, Lupita Nyong’o,…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “I like playing and talking about [Animal Crossing] with other people. It's nostalgic for me since I've been playing games from the series from a young age.”—Female, 22, PA

Which brands had the most YouTube subscribers in 2018? In media, Warner Bros. topped the list with 6.4 million subscribers, followed by BBC and ESPN. Apple beat out last year’s winner for tech PlayStation, while Red Bull and Ford remained the reigning champs of food and beverage and automotive, respectively. Finally, Nike was first place in the clothing category for the second year running, with 30,000 more subscribers than their closest competitor, Adidas. (Tubefilter)

A “Little League for esports” is fostering future esports stars—and fans for life. Super League Gaming is bringing some much-needed organization to youth competitive gaming, building teams of young Minecraft, League of Legends, and Clash Royal players, helping them train and compete. But the program isn’t just for the next Ninja; just like traditional sports, kids get a sense of community among like-minded friends. (AP News)

Nielsen reports that Millennials actually consume less media than older demos, but more of it is digital. While the average adult consumes over ten hours of content a day, 18-34-year-olds spend less than eight hours with media. And the heaviest smartphone users are 35-49-year-olds, who spend 20 minutes more each day on average with their phones than Millennials. However, the younger demo does spend 44% of their media time with digital devices, more than older demos that spend more time with TV as they age up. (THR)

Vitaminwater is wagering $100,000 that you can’t give up your smartphone for a year. Contestants have to disconnect from internet-enabled devices where “texting is a pleasant experience” for 365 days and post a pic to Twitter or Instagram explaining why they need the digital detox. And when the year’s up, they have to prove it. Considering that 65% of 13-36-year-olds told Ypulse they would be unable to unplug from their smartphones for a week, earning that $100,000 may be harder than they know. (Fortune)

Hard seltzer revenue skyrocketed over 400% over the past 18 months. White Claw leads the way for the category with top-of-the-results organic search (they’re the number one Google result for “hard seltzer”) and a social media presence that focuses on health and wellness-related imagery. Sparkling water is already one of Millennials’ favorite things to drink, and its hard version could rise through the ranks of their top alcoholic beverages. (Gartner)

Quote of the Day: “People call [video game culture] nerdy but I see nerdy as a positive connotation.”—Female, 28, MA

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