Ypulse Essentials: Grammys Go After Millennials, Making The Most Of 90s Nostalgia, Social Media In China

Grammy AwardsThe Grammy Awards is clearly catering to the Millennial audience (with a few new additions this year. A Grammy Live streaming broadcast with social tie ins begins this Friday following all the activities leading up to the big event and new technology to get official releases of show performances online almost immediately. In a nod to youth music trends, the Grammys has also added a dance/electronica segment to the show. The category nominees, including Deadmau5 and Lil Wayne, will perform in a tent amid 1,000 pumped up fans) (Giga Om) (NYT, reg required)

- It’s no secret that Millennials are nostalgic for the 90s with ‘retro’ TV shows and fashion (making a comeback. But how are brands making the most of it? Some are cashing in on bringing back certain styles with an updated flair, blending modern technology with retro accessories — like a handset for a cell phone, and introducing 90s attitude in current media) (Fast Company)

- Check out this infographic about the social media scene (in China. With the “great (fire) wall” that bars young people from the social sites popular in the U.S. and other countries, Chinese youth have adopted copycat sites. The most common way they log on? Cell phone! Although social media has been part of some pretty powerful movements, its real power is creating local change, according to one expert) (Derek Baird) (PSFK)

- Chances are, you’ve done your share of shoe doodling (or you know someone who has. Now Vans is turning that talent into a money making opportunity for crafty students who can submit their shoe designs for a chance to win $50,000 for their school’s art program. Break out your markers and get sketching) (IHeartDaily)

- Teens love texting, and they even read texts from brands (according to DoSomething. The challenge with text…

 
 

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“I observe holidays and religion-based traditions but am more connected to it as a culture than as a religion.”—Female, 27, MA

Chinese youth have a “selfie obsession” that’s changing beauty standards and creating a new tier of celebrity. The Influencer Effect is full blown in China, where young consumers are beautifying their selfies via filter apps like Meitu and plastic surgery—all in the quest to look more like wang hong, their internet celebrities. One influencer, HoneyCC, argues that “Selfies are part of Chinese culture now, and so is Meitu-editing selfies.” But some say the trend is pushing the population to become more homogenous by favoring certain features, and headlines have lashed back against the whitening of skin prevalent in social apps. (The New Yorker)

Eighty-one percent of Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily’s Millennial readers say social media is the best way for advertisers to reach them. Bustle’s latest questionnaire also found that 40% of their 18-34-year-old readers prefer Instagram for brand communications, followed by trusted websites, email, and online articles. Some other fun insights: Over half believe that a company should give back, instead of just turning a profit, and 49% think “companies should do more to protect the environment.” (Adweek)

Drug use is down among teens—except when it comes to marijuana and vaping. From the 1990s to 2017, the percentage of teens who said they’d been drunk dropped from 46% and 58%, and those reporting they’ve smoked cigarettes from 26% and 17%. However, marijuana use increased for the first time in seven years in 2017, while vaping is up as well, with at least 19% of high school seniors, 16% of sophomores, and 8% of eighth-graders saying they’ve vaped in the past year. (LATimes)

Two modern dating shows are coming to Facebook Watch. The first “unscripted dating show” from SoulPancake, Love & Longitude, is shot on iPhones and shows two potential love interests’ relationship blossoming across FaceTime, social media, and other digital interactions. The second dating show from Machinima, Co-Op Connection, plays into the esports craze. One bachelor gets to pick his partner based on their personality—and their skills at the videogame, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. (tubefiltertubefilter)

Some cities are past their “peak Millennial” populations, as the generation increasingly finds new digs in the suburbs. Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles all reached their highest Millennial population in 2015, and New York and Washington D.C. are showing slowing Millennial growth, according to U.S. Census data. Meanwhile Chicago’s suburbs and others have seen an uptick in their young adult populations—another Millennial myth debunked. Which urban centers are still attracting the demo as they age up? “Tech hubs” like Seattle and San Francisco. (Time)

“Crochet and knitting are very relaxing, therapeutic, and have tangible results."—Female, 31, AL

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