Ypulse Essentials: 'Twilight' Dolls, Potter Fever, Elle Magazine On Stardoll

twilightdolls Bittersweet news for Twihards (Bella and Edward dolls are on their way, but won’t be out until spring 2009. Also Entertainment Weekly asks whether a male director could fill Catherine Hardwicke’s shoes for the sequel?) (Trendhunter)

- Britney’s comeback is official (with her fifth album “Circus” debuting at #1 on the charts and selling more than 500,000 copies. Plus Tokio Hotel accused of pulling an Ashlee Simpson) (MTV News) (Idolator)

- Global youth marketing and coffee (an interesting discussion from MobileYouth’s Graham Brown)

- Grey’s Parody (on WB.com. A pretty funny send up of the primetime soap, even if you’re unfamiliar with the series) (ReelPop)

- No cure for Potter fever (a decade later and the boy wizard still has that special something. Also from the other end of the spectrum musings on why boys don’t read) (SignOnSanDiego.com)  (SLJ)

- Flirting with phones (further discussion on how teens use mobile technology to explore their sexuality) (USA Today)

- Shaming kids into healthy habits? (an ad campaign against obesity in Switzerland that just makes you want to shake your head. Meanwhile Axe helps college kids get home for the holidays on the East Coast. Also a site that gathers useful info for marketers on student discounts) (Gawker) (MediaPost, reg. required)

- More on cyberbullying (a high school student sues after she’s penalized for creating a derisive Facebook group targeting a teacher) (Wired)

- Stardoll and Elle team up (the fashion mag gets into the paper doll avatar game. Plus Habbo announces a dual economy in its virtual world for teens) (WSJ)

- Gen Y’s growing anxiety (about the job market today. Plus a Y-er speaks out about her trouble breaking into the tech industry after college) (Zandland Blog) (Silicon Alley Insider)

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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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