Generation Z: What are their top apps, brands & influencers

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It’s expected that almost half of Generation Z, the generation following Millennials, will connect online up to 10 hours per day, and one-third will spend at least one of those 10 hours watching video. It’s no surprise then that the most-used app by Gen Z is YouTube, followed by the three other biggest social video apps: Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

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Top 13 ‘Futurist Speaker’ Columns in 2013

Futurist Thomas Frey: 2013 has been a year of considerable change for both me and the rest of our team at the DaVinci Institute. While most of what you see here on Futurist Speaker is about my research, thinking, and philosophy on the future, I thought this might be a good time to step back and fill you in on the people behind everything you’re reading.

 

 

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Millennials are cheap – a graph that explains the teenage budget

Piper Jaffray got this when he last surveyed teenagers to learn how they spend money.

Nobody ever said it was easy being a teenager but, this make it look fun. Clothes (including shoes), electronics, movies, music, video games, concerts, accessories, food: That is the life. And together, it makes up about 70 percent of the teen budget.

 

 

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Teens listen to more music through YouTube than any other source

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Most popular music video on YouTube right now.

Forty-eight percent of consumers in the U.S. still see radio as the dominant way to discover new music, according to Nielsen’s latest “Music 360” report. For almost two-thirds of U.S. teenagers, however, Google’s YouTube is now a more important source of music than radio (54%), iTunes (53%) and CDs (50%).

 

 

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AT&T researchers create app to track your teenager’s driving habits

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The app could also monitor an elderly driver’s aptitude over time.

AT&T researchers have created a system that reports on drivers’ real-time behavior and long-term driving trends by merging data from cars’ onboard computers and drivers’ smart phones.  It also reveals whether a particular mistake might have been caused by phone use.

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55% of parents spy on their children on Facebook to see what they are up to

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Many parents worried about what their children do online have taken matters into their own hands.

Fifty-five percent of parents log onto social networking sites like Facebook to spy on what their children are doing, a study has found.

 

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Teenagers exposed to second-hand smoke could suffer hearing loss

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Scientists think second-hand smoke affects the blood supply to the inner ear.

According to research, teenagers exposed to second-hand smoke are twice as likely to suffer hearing loss.  The research findings add to the list of health problems already attributed to second-hand smoke, including increased risks of asthma, heart disease and lung cancer.

 

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Texting Teens Exhausted by Being ‘On Call’ All Night

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Teens don’t want to miss emergency texts, even late-arriving ones.

10th-grader Ashley Olafsson sleeps with her cellphone under her pillow so she doesn’t miss “emergency’’ texts — “like if a friend broke up with her boyfriend.’’ Stephanie Kimball of Waltham, 14, is also available for urgent overnight correspondence, such as, “Hey, seeing if you’re awake.’’ Dedham ninth-grader Courtney Johnson gets as many as 100 texts while in bed. “I just don’t feel like myself if I don’t have my phone near me or I’m not on it,’’ she said.

 

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Facebook Investor Plans to Give $100,000 Grants to Teenage Entrepreneurs

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Peter Thiel contributed to Facebook’s $500,000 first round of funding in 2004

Facebook Inc. investor and board member Peter Thiel plans to make 20 grants of as much as $100,000 apiece to teenagers who have promising ideas for technology businesses.

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Leading ‘Drug Educator’ for Children is the Media According to Doctors

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Media still depicts smoking and drinking favorably.

Despite severe restrictions on tobacco advertising, youths are still too often exposed to media depicting smoking and drinking in a favorable light, according to one group of doctors.

 

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