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

 

New York City Tourists

Harlem Live is an amazing zine produced by teens from across NYC. For today’s Digital Graffiti, I found a funny, well-drawn comic by Justin...

Are Young Adults Bored With Iraq Coverage?

According to Central Michigan University media researchers David Weinstock and Timothy Boudreau, teens seem concerned about the War in Iraq but are not interested in...

No Thanks for The Memories

A friend sent me this link from the San Jose Mercury News about how the combination of the Valley’s economic downturn combined with a...

Hiking is Kinda Like Killing Zombies

This is an interesting piece in the L.A. Times (registration required) written while the writer was attending E3, the big gaming conference that recently...

'Justine' Tries to Make Clean Cut Cool

Spotted this little diddy from the Delta Democrat in Greenville, MS, about “Justine,” the new teen girl mag published out of Memphis. The gist is...

Harvard Drops Sexy H-Bomb

Those crazy Harvard kids. The Boston Globe reports that today Harvard co-eds will receive their first issue of H-Bomb, the new Nerve.com like literary...

The Way It Is, Dude

Broadcast news veteran Walter Cronkite is returning to TV, MTV that is. According to Newsday, the 87-year-old “journalistic Gandalf” will appear on camera for 5-6...

File Swapping is a Sin

Salon (subscription or day pass required) investigates file swapping amongst Christian teens and discovers that [gasp] according to a recent study by the Gospel Music...

The Newsfeed

Quote of the Day:  Millennials have grown up in a world where consuming wine outdoors—or any location outside of the traditional table—is more acceptable than generations past.”—Kate McManus, VP of Marketing, Delicato Family Wines (Wine Spectator)

Young consumers are “killing the shopping spree.” Whether they’re signing up for the growing number of clothing subscription services (Rent the Runway, Le Tote, Urban Outfitters, etc.), shopping second-hand, or just culling their closets—young shoppers are quitting fast fashion in droves. Some are inspired by Marie Kondo’s joy-sparking brand of minimalism, while others want to help the environment—and still others are just seeking a wide range of things to wear at a lower price. (Vice)

Airbnb is launching “adventures” for experience-seeking young travelers. The site that started with accommodations and moved into one-off “experiences” (like dinner parties) now offers multi-day excursions, complete with guides, gear, meals, and accommodations. The platform already features over 200 trips in 40 countries, including a tiger-tracking expedition in Kenya and a trek through the canyons of Oman. (Fast Company)

Tyson Foods is taking on the fake meat market with plant-based nuggets. The pea protein nuggets are the first in a line of “Raised & Rooted” products from Tyson Foods. The brand's CEO explains they’re catering to the “growing number of people open to flexible diets that include both meat and plant-based protein”—aka young flexitarians, not full-time vegans. But can a company known for its meat sell the idea that “this [trend] is about ‘and’—not ‘or’”? (The Verge)

Snapchatters can shop Levi’s new Pride Month jacket via selfie filter. The Shoppable feature is first enabled by scanning a QR code found at select stores or by getting a special Snapcode from a friend. Then, users can try on the special-edition trucker jacket via augmented reality, customizing it with one of two washes and a selection of six pins and patches. Once they complete the look, users can purchase the Pride Month Jacket—without ever leaving the app. (SJ)

Amazon’s new Echo Dot Kids Edition revamps the original. The new smart speakertakes many cues from the adult version’s second generation (it’s louder and rounder) but adds special features just for kids that go beyond a rainbow-striped color scheme. The device will come with a year of FreeTime Unlimited, a subscription service that includes popular Alexa skills like Pinkfong’s Baby Shark Adventures, as well as an enhanced parental control suite to address growing privacy concerns. (VarietyCNET)

Quote of the Day: “Young people still have an incredible interest in the Olympic Games…But the way they are consuming the Olympic Games—the type of content they are watching and the ways and the platforms on which they are watching—are fundamentally changing.”—Kit McConnell, Sports Director, International Olympic Committee (Bloomberg)

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