Ypulse Essentials: 'Hunger Games' Guys, Toys 'R' Us Carries Kindle, High Speed Wifi Coming To A Campus Near You

Hunger Games GuysWe may have drooled over this photo (of the guys of “The Hunger Games.” What do you think of Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson as Gale and Peeta? And why do we have to wait so long for this movie?? Speaking of books we’re interested in seeing adapted to film, we hear “Will Gallows and the Snake Bellied Troll” is in the works with assistance from Elton John) (EW) (Deadline Hollywood)

- Toys ‘R’ Us stores are beginning to look more like electronics stores (as the chain adds the Kindle to its shelves just months after it started carrying iPads. Is this a sign of things to come?) (Kidscreen)

- Students won’t be the only beneficiaries (as universities add high speed wifi — as in, fast enough to download a high def movie in under a minute — to attract high-tech startups to campus areas. As far as streaming goes, Fox seems to want to slow things down. The network is planning to put shows behind a pay wall for eight days after airing for non-paying subscribers to sites like Hulu) (NY Times, reg required) (Ars Technica)

- Check out this viral video from the launch of Mattel’s (Fijit Friends this week. The toys are designed for girls ages six and up and come with interactive technology so the characters can react to signals programmed in mobile apps, webisodes, and even TV commercials. Oh yeah, and they can dance! Speaking of cool dance videos, check out the latest from Ok Go, which viewers can customize with their own message) (YouTube) (Billboard)

- Hearst is debuting its first (tablet-only publication, “Cosmo For Guys” — scroll down a bit for the story… While guys may not want to admit to reading Cosmo, many do to get the female perspective. The magazine app will provide just that, with the anonymity of reading on a tablet instead of having to buy a Cosmo-branded magazine at a…

 
 

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“Art is basically my job and I enjoy it so much.”—Female, 15, MD

Snap is making its “biggest move” in scripted original content, teaming up with NBCUniversal and the Duplass brothers for their next series. The Duplass-owned creative studio Donut will produce original series for Snap shot in vertical video. NBCU and Snap will also be opening a joint digital content studio focused completely on mobile-first entertainment, “formaliz[ing] their partnership” and putting Snap firmly in the producing/original content creation camp. Snap’s mobile-only approach is part of a movement to shake up how we view videos—in fact, they’re calling their offering “a fundamentally new medium.” (THRTechCrunch)

Eggo frozen waffles are capitalizing on their unexpected Stranger Things’ fame. The brand has seized the marketing opportunity of being a part of one of Millennials & Gen Z’s favorite shows, tying themselves into Netflix’s Super Bowl ad, creating a special toaster for select fans, and swarming New York Comic Con with people dressed up like Eleven armed with “watch party kits” (aka “waffles and a microwavable syrup server”). To prep for the premiere of season two of the show, Eggo is sending out a fully-loaded food truck for the red carpet premiere, and going all out on social media to connect with fans. (MediaPost)

More teens than ever have severe anxiety, but why? The American College Health Association found a 12% increase in undergrads reporting “overwhelming anxiety” from 2011 to 2016, and several studies concur that “there’s just been a steady increase of severely anxious students.” Social media is part of the problem—constant like-monitoring and cyber bullying isn’t helping the most stressed generation to date. There’s also an increasing (and constant) perceived need to over-achieve. One psychology professor observes, “There’s always one more activity, one more A.P. class, one more thing to do in order to get into a top college.” (NYTimes)

Ypulse research has shown that 88% of Millennial parents are trying to avoid helicopter parenting—but they might not be able to help it. The constant media storm of global atrocities and everyday stories of parenting gone wrong combined with advertisers’ willingness to fear-monger, results in a generation of (understandably) anxious parents. It doesn’t help that the tech to constantly monitor kids is easily available (albeit pricey)—from drone surveillance meant for the military to devices that track “blood-oxygen levels all night long.” One relationship therapist sums up, “Everyone is having a hard time drawing a line and just figuring out what’s reasonable versus what’s over-protective.” (Refinery29)

Brands are turning college students into mini-sales forces. Aerie, Victoria’s Secret Pink, and Express are just a few of the many brands that have a program for college campus reps where students receive swag, experience, and other perks for helping bring brand awareness to their colleges. Though brands don’t always require social posts, most ambassadors do share their swag on social, bringing organic ads to their friends’ feeds. The biggest draw is that social posts from reps “[come] across as natural, authentic, a product that they would normally use or want to talk about.” (Racked)

“[Celebrity] can mean anything nowadays and it's a rather diluted term; from YouTube star, to someone on Instagram with millions of followers, to reality TV dopes, etc.”—Male, 30, WI

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