• 3 Corporate Functions That Need To Pay Attention To Gen Z Now
    Just when companies are starting to understand Millennials, a new generation is emerging. Members of Generation Z, sometimes referred to as "Generation Edge," were born in the mid-'90s to late 2000s. They differ significantly from the previous generation: they're the first generation born into the digital world, and they're the most diverse and multicultural of any generation in the U.S.
  • Facebook Isn't Dead; It's Just Not As Much Fun As It Used To Be
    Much ado has been made about the declining use of Facebook among teens. Frank N. Magid Associates Inc. found 13- to 17-year-old social-media users on Facebook slipped to 88% in 2014 from 94% in 2013. Piper Jaffray found Facebook use among teenagers aged 13 to 19 plummeted from 72% in spring 2014 to 45% in fall 2014. Forrester Research found nearly 80% of 12- to 19-year olds visit Facebook at least once a month but only 28% "use it all the time." Niche says 87% of high-school seniors have adopted Facebook and 61% use it daily.
  • Why Teens [Heart Emoji] Instagram
    It's no secret that teens love to document their lives and consume others' on Instagram. Drawing from a survey in spring 2015, teens identified Instagram as the "most important" social network out there. To prove just how important teens find this medium, take a look at these eye-opening stats from Instagram users, ages 13 to 24.
  • Look To Engage Teens In More Positive Ways
    I recently attended an event at MIT, "Coming of Age in Dystopia: The Darkness of Young Adult Fiction," that looked at the dark world of teen fiction. It was a panel discussion that featured moderator Marah Gubar, a professor of literature at MIT; Kenneth Kidd, a University of Florida professor who focuses on children's literature and Kristin Cashore, author of "Graceling," "Fire" and "Bitterblue." It was an interesting talk that highlighted the impact media can have on teens; as well as the responsibility of those who engage teens, through media or otherwise.
  • Trans(itioning) Societal Norms
    Millennials were the first generation of youth with a majority to openly support gay rights. Through their vocal efforts, society as a whole has become more accepting - most Americans now support gay marriage and current culture is inclusive of the gay community. Today's teens have picked up the mantle; "young consumers see a need to achieve the same degree of acceptance and equality for transgender individuals," notes our Gen Z issue. Through teens' efforts and activism around this issue, societal perceptions are gradually beginning to shift.
  • How To Engage The Empowered Teen Employee
    As the U.S. economy and job market has improved, so have the prospects of today's teen employees. Generation Z has more employment options now than in the last five years, when they first entered the job market. It's easier now for teens to leave their jobs for a better opportunity or if they feel that their current role isn't a good fit.
  • Parents Of Teens Are Learning New Roles
    A new baby truly only needs food and sleep in the first few months of his or her life. A teenager, on the other hand, requires much more. It seems as if the list of needs grows even faster than the rate of their height, from clothes that fit to face and body care, as well as school supplies and sporting equipment. Not considered splurges, such as new fashion accessories or video games, these necessities often fall under household budget (and do not come out of the Gen Z's allowance, summer job or savings account).
  • Anonymity And Privacy
    When it comes to connecting and communicating, there's no shortage of choices available to teenagers (and the rest of us). How these different options work and impact the way teens communicate is worth exploring. There are three camps when it comes to social and messaging apps: private, semi-private and anonymous.
  • Love & Basketball: Lessons From A Young Fan
    While many American sports fans (and brands) are currently absorbed in the annual ritual that is March Madness, marketers should instead be paying attention to the story of Connor, a 16-year-old former Seattle SuperSonics fan. After losing his hometown team to Oklahoma - but not his unwavering passion for the NBA - he has been in search of a new team to root for. So he did what any young consumer trying to make a decision would do: he researched his options.
  • How Social Media And The Post-9/11 World Shape Teen Viewing Habits
    If you would have told me a decade ago that a show like "Pretty Little Liars" would be a hit among Generation Z, I would have told you that you were crazy. The ABC Family mystery-drama diverges from some of the most popular teen dramas of the aughts. It doesn't have the glamour of "Gossip Girl," and its grim storylines make the soapy "The O.C." seem like a children's show. But thanks to a significant social media footprint (14.5 million Facebook fans, 2.63 million Twitter followers and 2 million Instagram followers) and intense storytelling, "Pretty Little Liars" is getting teens ...
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