Ypulse Essentials: Bieber's New Single, Millennials Want To Make Moviegoing More Social, Kids' TV

After a long wait, Bieber’s new single ‘Boyfriend’ is here (and we like the more mature sound that has been compared to Justin Timberlake. Sure, the lyrics are a little cheesy and will probably make tween girls swoon, but the song is more sophisticated than his past singles, which will make it appealing to older audiences as well, making it sure to reach #1 on the charts in no time. Oh, and there’s a cameo from “Shawty Mane,” Bieber’s rap alter-ego) (USA Today) (MTV)

- Using your phone while at the movies usually elicits lots of scorns and “shhhs” but if it were up to Millennials (texting, tweeting, and checking Facebook would be tolerable at theaters. Engaging with social media and entertainment simultaneously is important to them — after all, that’s what they do when watching TV — so it makes sense that the majority of 18-34 year olds would like to use their phones for similar purposes while at the movies. In fact, they think it would enhance their experience, which makes us wonder if theaters might actually allow this) (Fandango, thanks to Derek Baird for the tip)

- Disney just launched Disney Junior, a channel for preschoolers (that will eventually replace Soapnet. This marks a big change for ABC as it steps away from soap operas and focuses more on 2-7 year olds, who will have their own 24-hour network, a lot like Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. In other children’s TV news, check out some of the top cartoons that are sure to reach SpongeBob status) (LA Times) (Adweek)

- The Internet has been buzzing about the ‘Hunger Games’ earning $152.5 million at the box office this weekend (which is the third-highest total ever for opening weekend! But besides that impressive feat, here’s some interesting info about the audience which had a more balanced male-to-female ratio than “Twilight” and…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

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

We know how many Millennials planned to watch last night’s debates, but how many knew they could watch in virtual reality? VR social network AltspaceVR has created an experience that allows participants to watch live debates virtually, in a VR re-creation of NBC News Democracy Plaza at New York’s Rockefeller Center. At the launch party, attendees, including Al Roker, were represented as avatars and instead of applause, emojis were used to express reactions. AltspaceVR has been working to build a virtual community over the past year and hopes to bring people together during “a bitterly divided campaign” with the new experience. (The Verge

The latest smart toys are getting kids away from screens. Global sales of smart toys are expected to increase from $2.8 billion in 2015 to $11.3 billion by 2020, and according to one expert, synching a toy to a phone or tablet will soon be as common as putting in batteries. To appease parents concerned with screen time, these toys are increasingly about physically interacting with the toy itself, putting apps in the background. One example of the trend is Smarty: an internet-connected personal assistant for kids that answers questions, reminds them to do their homework, streams music and books, and more. (The Guardian

What’s holding back the Millennials from creating more startups? Money. A new study found that 72% of 18-34-year-olds see entrepreneurship as being "essential for new innovation and jobs in our economy," and almost eight in ten see working for a startup “a signal of success”—but only 22% say they would start one of their own. Lack of capital is holding four in ten back from taking the risk—for women and minorities that number is even higher. (Business Insider

Toy brands are constantly competing for kids’ attention, and now that industry drama is coming to the small screen. Amazon is introducing Toy Wars, a drama series based on the rivalry between toy giants Hasbro and Mattel. The show is based on the non-fiction book Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie, and the Companies that Make Them, which follows a “free spirit” Hasbro executive who was forced to take over the company when his “marketing genius” brother passed away from AIDS. The series will be co-written by Book Of Mormon star Josh Gad and The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz, whose father helped turned Hasbro into a top toy company. (Deadline

Communal housing is a growing Millennial trend, but it also dates back to the Middle Ages. Co-housing groups have been catching on as young people and families look to share household responsibilities, cut costs, and have a deeper sense of community with others. While it might seem strange in modern times, the instinct is ancient: According to A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values, medieval Europe homes were “essentially gathering places for small groups of revolving residents,” where people lived with friends and extended communities. (The Atlantic

Quote of the Day: “Adventure Time is the show that best represents my generation because we like the nostalgic aspect of watching cartoons but we also like off-the-wall plots.” –Male, 21, MI 

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