Ypulse Essentials: Disney's 'PrankStars' Premieres Tonight, Taylor Swift To Launch a Fragrance, Rihanna Is The Most Popular Woman on Facebook

PrankStarsDisney Channel is connecting fans with their favorite stars in the new reality show ‘PrankStars’ (which kicks off tonight and promises to be hilarious! Check out the clips from the first episode where Selena Gomez and Debby Ryan play jokes on some super fans. If fans want another way to meet Selena, there’s the “Make Your Jam” video contest, where they can create their own video using pictures and songs from her new album, “When the Sun Goes Down.” The winner will receive tickets to see Selena and The Scene live and meet her backstage! In other Disney news, cartoon characters Phineas and Ferb will be getting some extra air time in the upcoming season-long two minute segments “Take Two With Phineas and Ferb.” During each episode, the pair will appear on an animated talk show set and interview live-action guests such as David Beckham, Ben Stiller, and Jason Segal) (TV Guide) (JSYK) (The Hollywood Reporter)

- Speaking of TV news, the Primetime Emmy Children’s nominations are in (and Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network take the lead with “iCarly,” “Victorious,” “Adventure Time,” and “Robot Chicken” among the contenders) (Kidscreen)

- Taylor Swift joins the long list of celebrities to launch their own fragrance (and — surprise surprise — she thinks her dreamy scent called “Wonderstruck” can help you fall in love. We hope her perfume does as well as Justin Bieber’s “Someday.” Just three weeks after its release, his perfume has already brought in $3 million for Macy’s, making it the biggest celebrity fragrance launch in Macy’s history. We can’t say we’re surprised…it’s Bieber we’re talking about here) (US Magazine) (NY Daily News)

- Move over Lady Gaga (Rihanna is now the most popular woman on Facebook with approximately 40,564,950 fans compared…


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Major financial institutions are still trying to figure Millennials out, so Prudential conducted a survey to gather some much-needed intel. The Great Recession-era adults are pessimistic about their financial futures: 79% don’t believe that “comfortable retirement” will be a possibility when they’re in their 80s and 70% think “it’s impossible” to save the recommended annual amount to make it possible. Ypulse found that saving for retirement falls behind other, more imminent financial priorities. (MediaPost)

Teens are rallying around the issue of gun control in increasing numbers. A recent survey from Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords (conducted by Ypulse) found that gun violence prevention is the top issue young people expect the candidate they vote for in 2018 to take a stance on. Six in ten 15-18-year-olds said they’re “’passionate’ about reducing gun violence” and 72% of 15-30-year-olds agreed that politicians who don’t do more to combat gun violence shouldn’t be re-elected. (Mic)

Need proof that the future of STEM is female? Just take a look at children’s drawings. From 1966-1977, researchers asked 5,000 students to draw a scientist, and about 99% of them drew men. Fast forward the same study to 1985-2016, and one-third of children drew a female scientist. But we still have a long way to go to break gender stereotypes: 14-15-year-olds “drew more male than female scientists by an average ratio of 4-to1." (CNN)

Digital consignment store ThredUp wants to open 100 IRL stores. They’re expanding their physical footprint from two to ten stores this year, with more planned for the future. Why are online-only brands increasingly building bricks-and-mortar? (Think: Glossier, Everlane, even ThredUp competitors like The RealReal). Creating experiences with guests from a common check-out up to an in-store event builds “trust” and “awareness.” (Glossy)

Are Instagram and dating apps “crippling” relationships? Psychotherapist Esther Perel thinks so. Ypulse data shows 27% of 18-35-year-olds have used a dating app, 12% use them weekly, and nearly eight in ten use other social media apps weekly or more often. All that time scrolling past potential partners creates a new kind of loneliness: Instead of feeling “socially isolated,” they’re “experiencing a loss of trust and a loss of capital while you are next to the person with whom you’re not supposed to be lonely.” (Recode)

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