Ypulse Essentials: Speidi Dolls, 'Digital Cribs,' Millennials Want More TV

Jordin SparksJordin Sparks wishes she would have ‘worded it differently’ (after calling all teen girls who aren’t virgins “sluts” at the VMAs. Plus Heidi and Spencer dolls? Say it isn’t so.) (Entertainment Weekly) (Reality Blurred)

- Cisco ‘borrows’ from MTV (with its new branded webisode series “Digital Cribs”) (Reel Pop)

- Millennials want more of the “telly” (on more devices according to a Motorola survey of youth in Europe and the middle east. Plus highlights from Youth Trends latest top 10 report, guys love “Entourage,” girls love “Grey’s,” that sort of thing)

- InStyle (will be in “Gossip Girl” a lot. Plus vintage clothes all the rage in…China) (WWD)

- The is the ‘self-documentation generation’ (As a result we are seeing drug culture, which used to happen out of sight, documented online like these pot and salvia videos. And according to WebMD, the new teen over-the-counter drug is Snurf pills) (Boston Herald) (L.A. Times, reg. required) (Gawker)

- Microsoft wants kids to have digital i.d.s (for age verification. Plus kids love streaming videos on Disney.com) (Internet News via Izzy Neis) (Variety)

- Speaking of Disney… (they are building a huge youth sports compound in “The Magic Kingdom”) (USA Today)

- Pop Candy’s top teen movies (Whitney continues her list making awesomeness)

P.S. I loved “Privileged” last night. Better than GG or the new “90210” IMHO.

 
 

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“I move around every few years so it would be a huge hassle to have to buy and sell property so frequently.”—Female, 28, IN

Gen Z will spend the most on rent of any generation, but Millennials aren’t far behind. HotPads estimates that 2-20-year-olds will spend $226,000 on rent before they buy a home and 24-38-year-olds will ring in at $202,000. Despite the difference, Gen Z will own their first home one year earlier than Millennials because they’ll have “a stronger job market than [M]illennials”—but, despite the myths, they are buying homes in greater numbers. PS: Los Angeles tops the list of where young demos will spend the most on rent. (Business Insider)

What’s behind board games' popularity today? The NPD Group found that board games grew 8% compared to the toy industry’s overall growth of 8% in the past year and has “no signs of slowing down.” Digital detoxing plays a part, as more Millennial parents worry about their kids’ screen time and seek toys that foster face-to-face relationships. But despite the analog appeal, games are also getting high-tech and the word-of-mouth media they receive propels social media-friendly games like Pie Face to the top of toy charts. (Kidscreen)

Parents still have the most influence over kids today, but online celebrities are also top role models. Mintel research found that 86% of 6-17-year-olds say their parents are among their top role models, 62% say teachers, and 41% say siblings. But the top kind of celebrity that gets added to the category are social media celebrities at 35%, followed closely by musicians and athletes. Only 22% said actors were among their top role models and just 16% said the President. (MediaPost)

Disney has a new beverage to fill your Instagram feed: The Purple Wall Slushie. The Millennial & Gen Z-loved company has had no problem coming up with social media-friendly items, from Baby Groot bread to a viral Beauty and the Beast-inspired tumbler, and now they’ve rolled out a boba and taro beverage at Disney World. The Purple Wall is a famous destination to snap a pic for social media in the Magic Kingdom, and this slushy is made specifically to match up with the wall (and monetize on it). (POPSUGARInsider)

Speaking of Instagrammability, the Space Needle’s new, clear benches are sure to make for a thrilling photo op. The iconic viewing deck for the Seattle skyline has been in the midst of a makeover to create a better (and decidedly more social media-worthy) viewing experience. A metal base and caging has been replaced with a high glass wall from floor to sky, and so-called “skyrisers” will let visitors sit right on the edge of it all—and snap a selfie. (Curbed)

“People have been planning outfits since the start of the year [for prom].”—Male, 15, NC

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