Ypulse Essentials: 'Hunger Games' Posters, Redbox Pulling A Netflix?, Kids And TV Consumption

Every time ‘Hunger Games’ content hits the Web, the Internet goes into a frenzy (which happened overnight when promo posters of the film’s stars were released. Fans may have been critical of the movie’s casting originally, but we doubt they still feel this way, especially after seeing these actors totally transform into their favorite characters. Seriously, can it please be March already? In the meantime, Twilight fans will be even more excited for “Breaking Dawn Part 1” after seeing the latest clip. Luckily they only have to wait a few more weeks until the movie’s release!) (BuzzFeed) (Just Jared Jr)

- Redbox makes a bold move by increasing the price of its DVD rentals (effective next month. The cost of renting a DVD will only increase by 20 cents to $1.20 a day, but it’s the principle that’s bound to annoy consumers, especially after all the chaos lately with renting and streaming services — cough cough Netflix cough cough. Speaking of which, Redbox also plans to launch a streaming service by the end of the year but we wonder just how many streaming services consumers need…) (Yahoo) (Deadline)

- Millennials may be cutting the cord (but young kids sure aren’t with their parents providing cable TV. Almost half of five to eight-year-olds have TVs in their rooms, but even more surprising is that a third of infants between 6 months and 2 years have a TV in their bedroom! However, we’ve found college-aged Millennials are less reliant on cable and more in favor of streaming on their own schedules) (WSJ)

- DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Puss in Boots’ hits theaters this weekend (and we expect it will be the coolest cat at the box office, raking in the top ticket sales. But that’s not all for the “Shrek” spin-off; there’s also the “Puss in Boots” iStoryTime book app, which includes activities,…

 
 

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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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