God Complexes and Ghosting Bans
“that is so trash”
Squid Game star Hoyeon Jung is the face of Chanel’s new anti-aging line (she’s 27 fwiw); Instagram tests creator subscriptions in the U.S.; and Glossier listened to fans and relaunched its viral solid perfume — with an upgrade (this is precisely why they have the fanbase they do!).
GHOSTING ON THIS GEN Z DATING APP WILL LITERALLY MAKE YOU INVISIBLE, fastco
The app in question, called Snack, has been around for about a year, but this ghosting feature is new (or new to me, at least!).“Users who ghost other users too frequently can be reported for doing so, Snack says, and if the behavior keeps up, the visibility of their profile will be reduced over time. According to Snack, this is a way to “bring some basic manners and decency to the dating app game.”
THE ERA OF SELF-DEPRECATION IS OVER. IT’S GOD COMPLEX TIME, mel
I’ve been noticing this on social media but until I saw this headline and read the piece, the trend (shift? phenomenon?) hadn’t quite clicked with me. It’s a thing! “Over the last few years, ironically saying something negative about yourself (for example, that you’re a ‘dumb b*tch,’ ‘empty-headed’ or diminutively referring to all of your hobbies or actions as ‘silly little’ things) has been part of our collective language.” No longer. To quote one TikToker, “Self-deprecation is dead…Insane god complexes only.”
TIKTOK ADDS INSIGHTS ON THE LATEST TRENDING SONGS BY REGION TO ITS TREND DISCOVERY LISTINGS, socialmediatoday
I have felt perpetually behind on music this last year because I’m really bad at remembering to open TikTok (that confession probably decimates my credibility as someone who knows about Young People, but it’s true!). Anyway, with this new feature, I’m excited to never be out of the loop again.
THE YOUNG STARS OF RESALE TELL US THEIR TRICKS OF THE TRADE, highsnobiety
I love that we’re living in a time where there are resale stars. Look, I know there are some very real ethical issues around thrifting, but from a sustainability POV, I think it’s great that shopping secondhand can be a badge of coolness.
For me, it’s that you need to be really innovative with your current curation. I think that innovation is really what motivates me. You know, I can sell a collage of things, and people say “that is so trash” and it'll take one celebrity, one photoshoot or one post for people to see it. The beauty of this culture is you can literally see a culture change through one celebrity or in one picture of one item, and the one t-shirt that was worth $12 today, could be $1,200 the following year.
KLARNA REVEALS LUXURY CONSUMER BEHAVIOR DATA IN LATEST REPORT, wwd
Luxury customers just keep getting younger! Gen Z (60 percent) and Millennials (63 percent) are more likely to purchase luxury items than Gen X (46 percent) and Baby Boomers (18 percent). Social media has obviously contributed to this, with 73 percent of U.S. luxury shoppers saying they have purchased a product after discovering it on social media.
When considering a brand, Klarna’s survey found that 78 percent of shoppers consider a luxury brands’ commitment to innovation as an important factor driving purchasing decisions. And 61 percent of respondents said they want to use mobile apps. Another 57 percent are also looking for flexible payment options at checkout.*
*as a reminder, Klarna — the brand behind this study — is a buy now, pay later platform.
One last thought:
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