Ypulse Essentials: Listen With Your Facebook Friends, Millennials & Marriage, Gen Y Ditches Logos

We’re excited about Facebook’s new feature, “Listen With,” that — logically — lets users listen to music with friends and experience songs simultaneously (even if they’re not together. Users can become DJs via a chatroom and play music they’re streaming on sites like Spotify and Rdio. We bet this feature, which is similar to Turntable.fm will be a big hit among Millennials since they always want to be connected to their friends and to music. Speaking of music, tune in to Kidz Bop Block Party!, a two-hour weekly radio show premiering tonight on SiriusXM, where kids can pick the weekly playlist and segments, chat with celebrities, and more. They can even leave shout outs online at Kidzbop.com and listen in to hear their voices on the radio. Think radio by kids for kids!) (Mashable) (TechCrunch) (Yahoo)

- Millennials aren’t as focused on marriage as previous generations (with many putting it off until later so they can first devote time to themselves and their career. Moreover, nearly 60% of Gen Y women think living together is a sufficient relationship status, even if they have kids with someone. That’s not to say Millennials are abandoning the idea of marriage, but they aren’t prioritizing it as much, especially not right away) (Forbes)

- Millennials are going back to the basics in terms of their fashion preferences (opting for quality items sans logos rather than trendy, flashy clothes. They can still show off their style, but are less interested in broadcasting the brands they’re wearing, preferring simple and classic styles instead. In other Millennial fashion news, “Glee”’s Lea Michele is the new face of Candie’s replacing Vanessa Hudgens in this sweet gig) (MediaPost) (E! Online)

- Happy Friday the 13th! Mattel’s Monster High is celebrating this spooky date all year…

 
 

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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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