Daily news, insights, and expert commentary on current and future Gen Z and Millennial trends.

 

Extreme Makeover: Seniors Airbrush Graduation Photos

A friend sent me this article about how high school students are airbrushing their senior pictures to remove any “imperfections.” Studios now charge extra money...

My So-Called Blog Thesis

Fellow blogger and former AOL/Netscape colleague Susan Mernit posted a summary of David Huffaker’s master’s thesis on teen bloggers and gender identity...

Tight Shorts

Today’s Digital Graffiti comes from Rebecca Ruiz writing for Wiretap (which just won the Webby for best youth media site!). Ruiz writes an insightful...

Must See WB?

The nets are announcing their fall line-ups and The WB is keeping its stalwart teen/family dramas “7th Heaven,” “Everwood,” “The Gilmore Girls,” “Smallville” and...

From Good Girl to Wild One

Every day Ypulse will highlight a cool piece of writing or video created by teens in a category we are calling Digital Graffiti. Today’s...

Teens Produce Peace Book

With help from the Isabelle Allende Foundation and 826 Valencia (a San Francisco non-profit founded by author Dave Eggers that offers writing workshops in public schools...

Mom, You are So…Cool!

The New York Times ran a story in this Sunday’s style section proclaiming, maybe for the first time ever, that it’s now cool...

Jesus Was Way Cool

Christian publishing is putting a teen-friendly spin on a very old message including “hip” bibles and “edgy” biblezines.

The Newsfeed

Quote of the Day: “Most social media is an echo-chamber for immaturity.”—Male, 30, MD

Violent video games don’t cause violent behavior, according to “one of the most definitive [studies] to date.” At a time when several states are considering tacking on extra taxes to violent video games, the Oxford Internet Institute’s study found that playing content considered violent did not cause 14-15-year-olds in the U.K. to act more aggressively. The study’s co-author says that previous studies have been influenced by “researcher biases” that led to studies that gave “undue weight to the moral panic surrounding video games.” (GamesIndustry.biz)

A new rosé brand is winning over Millennials with its Instagrammable bottle. The Wonderful Company, known for brands like Fiji Water and Pistachios, brought a new wine brand to market just in time for Valentine’s Day—and it’s already outselling their other labels. JNSQ (an acronym for the French phrase “je ne sais quoi”) sells rosé and sauvignon blanc that come in glass containers designed to look like retro perfume bottles. Influencers and a national marketing campaign helped propel the brand. (Adweek)

Minecraft for mobile made more money than ever in 2018. According to Sensor Tower, the gaming sensation’s mobile version raked in $110 million last year, rising 7% from last year. In addition, 48% of that revenue came from the U.S., followed by just 6.6% from Great Britain. All eyes may be on Fortnite, but the Minecraft Effect still has a hold on young gamers, and Gen Z & Millennials still rank the game as one of their favorites. (Venture Beat)

Nostalgic Millennials can soon set sail on a Golden Girls-themed cruise. The experiential, adults-only cruise will include themed activities like a “One Night in St. Olaf Dance Party,” a game of Ugel and Flugel, and a costume contest for fans dressed up as the main characters. There will also be plenty of trivia, bingo, and cheesecake on this five-night experience aboard the Celebrity Infinity. This isn’t the only cruise ship catering to adults recently; Virgin’s first cruise ship is 18-and-up-only and even has a tattoo parlor on board. (People)

Daquan, the meme account with 12 million followers, is teaming up with All Def Media for a slate of original content. The premium videos will signal a departure from what Daquan is known for: gritty, homemade content that ranges like blurry SpongeBob SquarePants screenshots transformed into memes via clever captions. The new videos will debut across All Def Media and Daquan’s social channels, which include Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, IGTV, and YouTube. (Tubefilter)

Quote of the Day: “I think social media can bring light to issues that are of importance such as animal rescue and environmental awareness.”—Female, 22, MI
 

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