Ypulse Essentials: Youth Brands @ SXSW, Double Dutch, 'The Greatest Generation'

sxsw2009Youth brands are more than background noise at SXSW (sponsors for the indie music festival clamor to get noticed by 12,000 wallet wielding attendees with music showcases and free parties.  Also, AdRants picks up a discussion on marketers misusing social media sparked by a panel held during the interactive portion of the festival) (New York Times, reg. required)

- Spring Break, not broke (Gen Digital compares college students’ plans for this year with 2008, and the results aren’t as dramatic as expected. Plus, studentactivism.net calls out the student drinking study we mentioned in an earlier Essentials—“College Freshmen Study Booze More Than Books”— for sensationalizing their results. Apparently, the company that ran the study offers online alcohol education programs to colleges)

- Hip to be square (the latest Obama Effect? Black teens who aren’t shy about showing off their smarts. Plus, to get more students involved in competitive sports, New York high schools introduce Double Dutch) (Boston Globe) (Salon, day pass required)

- More on the media-induced ‘sexting’ scare (don’t believe the hype or rather keep it in perspective - Anastasia is quoted. Plus, The New York Times examines the bullying ways of secret societies in prep schools) (San Francisco Chronicle)

- Adults infringe on teen jobs (as unemployment continues to climb, older, more appealing candidates vie for traditional teen positions. Plus, Chinese millennials ask similar questions about employment in the face of the economic downturn) (Chicago Tribune) (WSJ)

-Kids Choice’ (corners the award show market for the kiddie crowd, according to the Boston Herald. Assuming they aren’t aging up and watching the MTV offerings?) (Boston Herald)

- Mobile teens in the UK (Alcatel’s Teen Lab takes a look at how mobile usage…

 
 

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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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