Ypulse Essentials: Household Spending On Streaming, Halloween Highlights, National Princess Week

Netflix BufferingDVD sales continue to tank (while household spending on streaming video services, such as Netflix, and DVD rentals from Kiosks, such as Redbox, continues to rise. Much of this trend is driven by Millennials who are less concerned with owning media and care more about having access to media…which is why we disagree that sales of Blu-ray will eventually take off. Speaking of digital movie trends, MTV’s NextMovie is adding MovieTracker which measures buzz about films on social media. The twist is that it not only tracks movies currently at the box office, but also those in development. Right now, “Hunger Games” is topping the list, so we think the measurement must be pretty accurate!) (Yahoo!) (MediaPost)

- Halloween may be over, but it’s still going over on Facebook (as parents post pics of their kids dressed in costume and friends and strangers share them around the Internet. We weren’t surprised — though we were a little disappointed — that nearly half of those who dressed up wore store-bought costumes rather than creatively crafting their own. It’s not just kids that dress up; Halloween is huge on college campuses. So much so that students turn it into a multi-day event) (All Facebook) (Toluna, thanks to David at Scholastic for the link) (Gen Digital)

- We know a lot of tween and teen girls have already bought Justin Bieber’s (“Under the Mistletoe” album which came out today, but they may have also set aside a few dollars for charity. The Biebs announced today that he’s donating a portion of the sales of the album to a selection of charities he selected for their dedication to youth, education, and music, and he’s asking fans to give a little of their own money to the causes to give those less fortunate a happy holiday) (MTV)

- Disney and Target are teaming up to celebrate the…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “A wedding trend I’ve noticed recently is guests not dressing formally to the reception/wedding, more come as you are attitude.”—Female, 24, MI

This week, Mattel introduced an American Boy doll, their first male offering in the company’s 31-year history. New doll Logan Everett is part of a pair of singer-songwriters from Nashville who come with music-inspired accessories. The company reports that customers have been asking for a male doll for some time, and Mattel’s continuing strategy to diversify their offerings helped increase sales by 4% last year. (KidscreenNYTimes

Kids in Australia are spending more time online than watching TV. Research firm Roy Morgan reports that in 2016 six-13-year-olds spent an average of 12 hours a week online compared to 10.5 hours spent in front of the TV, the first time internet surpassed TV since the survey began in 2008. Online time has also almost doubled in the last eight years. The firm says, "The idea that TV is boring no matter what is on is just because TV is so static and it might have ads on it." (ABC

The current state of the White House has ignited Gen Z’s interest in politics—according to AwesomenessTV’s CEO, Brian Robbins. He reports that his own children’s newfound fascination with politics sparked by the recent election has inspired him to bring more political content to AwesomenessTV. Because “[a]n audience that really wasn't that interested is now really interested," the company will move away from “fluffy, horrible” entertainment news into political news, which could be in the form of documentaries, or scripted shows. (Business Insider)

Millennials are reporting higher rates of depression than any other generation, creating challenges at work. To avoid the stigma surrounding mental issues, young employees are increasingly resorting to using personal days to recuperate from anxiety, depression, and other afflictions. According to one expert, “this generation is not necessarily more depressed than workers of past generations, but more equipped to recognize it”—however, they fear judgement from their employers. (MarketWatch)  

Is Snap Inc. really a camera company? They say they are, and in their IPO filing the brand wrote, “In the way that the flashing cursor became the starting point for most products on desktop computers, we believe that the camera screen will be the starting point for most products on smartphones.” WeChat’s ability to read QR codes, Pinterest’s new visual search, and Facebook Messengers’ new visual capabilities all point to expanding capabilities of a camera—and the fact that “users’ experience of the world is increasingly mediated through cameras.” (The New Yorker)  

Quote of the Day: “I have a diamond wedding ring but any stone would be beautiful and appreciated.”—Female, 24, MN

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