Ypulse Research Roundup: Millennials' Online Sharing Habit, What's In Their Backpack? & More

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Trust Online: Young Adults’ Evaluation of Web Content
Little of the work on online credibility assessment has considered how the information-seeking process figures into the final evaluation of content people encounter. This study found that the process by which users arrive at a site is an important component of how they judge the final destination. In particular, search context, branding and routines, and a reliance on those in one’s networks play important roles in online information-seeking and evaluation. Also discussed is the fact that users differ considerably in their skills when it comes to judging online content credibility. The study’s methodology uncovered a crucial part of the puzzle of online credibility assessment: the important role that search context plays in what content many users deem trustworthy. That is, rather than simply evaluating content based on the features of the destination Web site, users put considerable trust in the online equivalent of traditional gatekeepers: search engines. Users exhibit a great amount of trust in these tools, independent of whether they lead to the most relevant content. Cost: Free

For more… read the full study at Scribd.

College Back-to-School Spending Rises
The college cohort (the vast majority between 18-34) wield formidable spending power, projected to increase 13% from $270 billion in 2009 to $306 billion this year. Within this figure, discretionary spending is set to increase 10% from $62.7 billion to $69 billion, making college consumers an even more desirable…


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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: "For Halloween, I want to be either Tanisha from Bad Girls Club or Tyra Banks yelling at Tiffany on America's Next Top Model.”—Female, 21, KS

Grocers are struggling to get Millennials down their aisles. Federal data is showing that 25-34-year-olds spent an average of $3,539 on groceries over the last year, “about $1,000 less in inflation-adjusted dollars than people that age spent in 1990.” These younger consumers are visiting supermarkets less frequently, perhaps thanks to the rise of online grocery services like AmazonFresh and the expansion of food offerings from retailers like Walmart. The financial crisis and Millennials’ delay in starting families are also being blamed. (The Wall Street Journal

Pokémon Go has opened a whole new world for kids’ brands looking to join the AR space. The app is credited for bringing augmented reality to the masses, but those in the interactive kids’ product field see Pokémon as just “a teaser” for what’s to come. “Smart” AR characters that react to their surroundings, AR children’s books and games, and educational tools. Content and monetization are the main focus of the industry, but the CEO of Legacy Games predicts, “You will see AR experiences when you go to Disneyland...You will see it implemented in amusement parks, museums and more.” (kidscreen)

Cap’n Crunch is going all in on targeting Millennial men. After gaining insight that young males are “some of [Cap’n Crunch’s] most prevalent consumers, who really love the brand and really love to talk about their love of it," Quaker Oats has launched in-person experiences, designer apparel and accessories, and limited-edition sneakers all geared towards the group. Their recent Funny or Die sponsored series The Earliest Show, featuring Millennial comedian Ben Schwartz, used the insight that Millennial males enjoy the cereal as a late night snack as a launching point. (Fast Company)

Technology may be a deal breaker for Millennials in the workplace. A new study from Dell and Intel revealed that 42% of 18-34-year-olds would quit a job with substandard tech and 82% say workplace tech is a factor when considering accepting a new job, compared to 25% and 67% of employees 35-years-old or older respectively. About four in five Millennials say technology makes it easier to perform at work, 73% are excited for more advanced levels of virtual sharing, 70% for smart offices, and 67% for VR/AR. (Gigaom

Millennial couples are more likely to fight about money than Xers or Boomers—but that’s not a bad thing. According to Chase, 75% of 18-34-year-olds say they have fought with a partner about finances in the last six months, compared to 72% of Xers, and 62% of Boomers. Of course, younger couples’ comparatively more stressful financial situations are part of their strife, but they are also more likely to talk about finances than older couples—which experts say is actually better in the long run. (CNBC

Quote of the Day: “For Halloween, I’m dressing as Angelica from Hamilton (dress in period clothing and write unsatisfied across my chest).”—Female, 26, MA

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