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Super duper Open Tabs today because I haven’t run one in a while and this is my blog, so I can do as I please.
Americans Are Becoming Less Social—Sonia Weiser
Fascinating piece about how Americans are less social, even though we have social media.
Over the last 40 years, Americans have become less social. A new report [PDF] in the City Observatory by economist Joe Cortright examines our social lives and social capital, focusing on how socioeconomics, technology, and segregation—both voluntary and involuntary—have affected our relationships with those around us.
Cortright says people have become increasingly disconnected as they’ve shifted away from community resources—like public pools, schools, and mass transportation—towards private services such as membership-based gyms, charter schools, and cars.
The latest fad: Coloring books for adults—DeeDee Stiepan
In college, I colored with some regularity because I found that it was pretty relaxing, so I get this. At the same time though, as people talk about Millennials not being able to grow up and as I push back against that idea, this does make me wonder.
Adult coloring books are among the most in demand books online and in stores. In fact, a store that started carrying them in our area can barely keep them on the shelf.
A Child’s Kingdom in Rochester has been selling adult coloring books and supplies since the beginning of the year.
“It’s a phenomenon,” explains owner, Peg Arnold.
What You Can Learn From the Taylor Swift-Apple Saga—Justin Bariso
The power of famous people on social media.
While you and I were enjoying time with friends and family yesterday, a soap opera played out between superstar artist Taylor Swift and technology juggernaut Apple regarding the company’s new music streaming service, Apple Music.
Here’s how Swift got the most valuable company in the world to bend:
In introducing the new streaming service, Apple is offering a free three-month trial to new users. The company had originally planned to not pay royalties to artists during the three-month period. In response, Swift (who famously pulled her music from popular streaming service Spotify last fall) announced via Tumblr Sunday morning that she wouldn’t allow Apple Music to access her super-hit album 1989.
4 times brands shamelessly pandered to Millennials—Ben Geier
These are pretty ridiculous.
How do you do, fellow kids?
General Motors on Monday issued a press release entirely in emoji. Will this get the kids to buy the 2016 Chevy Cruze? Who knows. But GM is hardly the first company to try to exploit Internet culture for its own branding gains among Millennials.
Here’s a few other times big companies have tried to get down with the kids, with varying degrees of success.
Millennials Are Leaving the Church Because We’re Flakey—Sam McLaughlin
I hope to blog on this later, but I tend to agree.
What is it about the church that makes us walk away? The simplest, most blunt answer is this: We’re in our 20’s. And we’re flakey.
We’re what Louis CK calls ‘the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots.” They’ve written books about us with titles like Generation Me and The Narcissism Epidemic. We’re self-obsessed and non-committal to the core, and Christianity is a religion that asks us to be selfless and totally committed. As Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.”
Beware, some language here and there, but really funny.