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

 

My Race

Today’s Digital Graffiti comes from Teen Ink, a cool teen-written pulication distributed in many public schools. It’s a poem about racial identity written...

Reality Bites: Researcher to Create Anti-Violence PSA

According to a new study, children and teens shown images of realistic violence helps quell some of their aggressive tendencies. The doctor involved in the...

Diamonds and Pearls For Girls

Tiffany’s, whose line of lower priced silver jewelry has proven a hit with the teen market, is now launching a new retail chain, Iridesse,...

The Future: Engineered by Teens

Wired News profiles the winners of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair where “students designed autonomous robots, studied the heavens and the seas, and...

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...

The Newsfeed

Quote of the Day: “The [financial] industry has been slow to adapt to the ways in which young people want to be communicated with and to communicate with each other.”—Ian Rosen, CEO, StockTwits (YPulse)

Instagram users can now purchase products without leaving the app. The platform’s shopping tags are evolving to allow users to check out directly inside the app from about 20 retailers using saved payment and shipping information. The move doesn’t just give Facebook a direct cut of each sale, but also allows the platform to collect data that they’ll leverage in their ad targeting. Instagram’s influence over young consumers’ purchases continues to skyrocket, and according to our Shoppability trend, 72% of Gen Z & Millennials are open to buying products on social media. (Recode)

Disney and MAC Cosmetics are debuting a nostalgic makeup line for Aladdin fans. The Disney Aladdin collection features lipstick, an eyeshadow palette, and bronzer in jewel and metallic hues that Princess Jasmine might wear with her bright turquoise outfit. The partnership is part of the lead-up to the live-action Aladdin’s debut, and isn’t MAC’s first time introducing fans to whole new worlds of Disney-themed cosmetics. In the past, they’ve also released Cinderella and Disney villains-themed lines. (Teen Vogue)

Google announced their ambitious plan to become “the future of gaming:” a cloud-based streaming service called Stadia. Gamers will be able to play across device (phones, TVs, tablets, etc.) without waiting for the title to load in a YouTube-connected setting. That means viewers can instantly play titles featured in videos and stream their own gameplay to YouTube—which could challenge industry leader, Amazon-owned Twitch. The Netflix-like service is set to launch this year. (The Verge)

Instagrammable dim sum is going global. The craze stared in Hong Kong, where Social Places serves up bao made to look like tiny pigs and charcoal custard bao filled with “a thick liquid that oozes out like lava,” introducing three or four new incarnations each month to keep customers coming back. Meanwhile at Disneyland Hong Kong, Crystal Lotus customers dine on buns that look like their favorite animated characters, including Frozen's Olaf. In the U.S., San Francisco’s Chili House and New York’s RedFarm are some of the first to take on the trend. (Bloomberg)

Netflix’s next choose-your-own-adventure series lets viewers chart Bear Grylls’ journey through the wilderness. Soon, Netflix viewers will have the chance to become outdoors experts from the comfort of their couches, as they make the survival show celebrity’s choices as he traverses tricky situations. Grylls himself says that he’s “giving viewers an all-access pass to explore the world and its landscapes in my boots” and that “For the first time, my survival is in your hands.” (THR)

Quote of the Day: “One of the biggest myths about Millennials is that they do not want to engage with human beings, especially if a chatbot, app, or a website can be deployed.”—Xiomara Lorenzo, Director, Society of Grownups (YPulse)

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