Taking Stock With Teens®



Overall Spending Behavior

  • Overall spending is down -5% vs. Spring 2018, but up 1% from a year ago.
  • Food continues to be teen’s No. 1 priority – remains around 24% peak.
  • Shift in male wallet allocation towards video games (new survey peak) still ongoing.
  • Seeing rotation of female spending out of fashion accessories and into personal care.
  • Preference for online over department stores and legacy formats continues.
  • Digital video game downloads higher – now 59% vs. 55% in Spring and 37% Fall 2015.




Brand Preferences

  • Streetwear and 1990s themes building – Vans reached a new peak, while Supreme, Champion and TH/CK increase.D3HY28-HERO
  • Nike declines ongoing, but solidifying upper-income trends could indicate bottoming.
  • Intent to buy iPhone at new high; 86% of Generation Z will choose iPhone next (84% last Spring).
  • Instagram now top social platform for teens (edges above Snapchat); FB still declining.


The Piper Jaffray Taking Stock With Teens® survey is a semi-annual research project that gathers input from thousands of teens with an average age of 15.9 years. Discretionary spending patterns, fashion trends, technology, and brand and media preferences are assessed through surveying a geographically diverse subset of high schools across the U.S. Since the project began in 2001, Piper Jaffray has surveyed nearly 170,000 teens and collected over 42 million data points on teen spending.

Original Article By: The Piper Jaffray Taking Stock With Teens® 

Top Internet Trends for 2019 and rising Toxic Behavior

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Article by Kaishi Chhabra
(Kaishi Chhabra is a researcher, writer and editor for CR News)

Mary Meeker’s recent Internet Trends Report shows some interesting facts on internet usage, slowed growth in e-commerce sales, increased advertising spending, decreased smartphone shipment growth and much more.

Global Internet User: The report shows a total of 3.8 billion internet users worldwide last year – that’s about 51% of the world population. This is an increase from 49% users (3.6 billion people) since last year reports.


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But the user-growth is now steadily slowing down because new users are harder to come by, as so many people are already online.

Toxic Internet: Meeker warned that the worst elements of the internet could magnify in the future as getting rid of problematic content is becoming difficult on a larger scale. The ease of internet communication allows the rise of toxic behavior that goes viral on sites like YouTube very quickly.

Internet ad spending: Accelerated by 22% in the U.S., Google and Facebook are taking the biggest shares, though companies like Amazon and Twitter are also in a close competition.

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Media Usage: Americans are now spending 6.3 hours a day on digital media, up by seven percent from the year before. Over a quarter of U.S. adults say they’re “almost constantly online”, most using their mobile devices while the time spent on televisions and computers is declining.

Meeker SmartphoneSmartphone Market: Shipments and yearly growth has decreased due to a large population already owning handsets. Also, many consumers are not upgrading to the latest models as often as they once did – which is having an effect on the smartphone shipments.

E-commerce growth: Facing a slower pace of growth with only 12.4% of increase from the previous year, it is now 15% of all retail sales but is still overshadowing the regular retail growth of just two percent.


Encryption: As privacy and security becomes more concerning for over 50% of the users, more options for safer online communications are coming up. Today, 87% of global web traffic is encrypted, which is increased from 53% three years ago.

Some other interesting data facts included the number of Amazon’s Echo device installed in homes worldwide has doubled over to 47 million, and number of gamers has also increased by six percent, leading up to 2.4 billion gamers.

Every year, venture capitalist and Bond Capital founder Mary Meeker delivers her annual Internet Trends Report. Meeker’s presentation for 2019 report consisted 333 slides. It was an important exposition of how the internet is maturing and becoming a more integrated part of our lives across the globe.

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Reality of Climate Crisis: A “race against time” according to Bloomberg

Climate change is increasingly becoming a real threat. Utilities are gradually shifting from coal to natural gas, which produces less carbon and is also cheaper.

Renewables are becoming an attractive alternative as their technology improves and prices come down. The transition toward lower carbon emissions from energy production is already well underway, and without completely wrecking the economy.

However, the energy sector has not yet solved the problem of how to provide massive amounts of electricity on a consistent basis from renewables. That’s the biggest reason why coal and natural gas are, and should remain, integral suppliers of base load power in this country, according to Hoppy Kercheval from WV Metro News.

In a recent commencement at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his plans for “Beyond Carbon” – the largest coordinated campaign to tackle climate change ever.

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“We’re in race against time with climate change, and yet there is virtually no hope of bold federal action on this issue for at least another two years,” Bloomberg said. “Mother Nature is not waiting on our political calendar, and neither can we.”

Bloomberg is giving $500 million dollars to the campaign. His plan is to donate money to local and state level political candidates who share his vision of shutting down coal-fired power plants by 2030 and capping natural gas-fueled energy production.

Interestingly, organizations like Sierra Club have long complained about the political influence of traditional energy producers. Now they are partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies on the Beyond Carbon initiative.

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Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said, “With the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and partners like the environmental justice allies that are a part of this announcement, we’ll help achieve this goal and support communities and workers in the transition to clean energy”

United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts does not approve of Bloomberg’s recent actions.

“Instead of taking a rational approach to addressing the issue of climate change,” Roberts said, “he [Bloomberg] has pledged to throw more than 800,000 people out of work and destroy their families and communities while he’s at it.”

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that coal-fired power generation will decrease from 28% of the supply to 17% and that natural gas-fueled power will gradually rise from 34% to 39% by 2050. Renewables will also increase from 18% to 31% by 2050.

-Article by Kaishi Chhabra


Incompetent, rich people are more likely to get ahead than smart people with no money

Individuals with relatively high social class are more overconfident and appear more competent to others. This helps them attain higher-earning jobs.

Joe's PicMost people have had at least one colleague with a sense of privilege who likes to speak first, and that can often drown out other voices in the room. “This behavior may make it difficult for those of lower social classes to successfully interject and navigate the higher ranks within an organization,” Jones Young says.

Jones Young, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., is fascinated by how a person’s socioeconomic background translates to how they are perceived at work. Often times, she says, they are perceived favorably. She is amazed at how some people act like they’re destined for the corner office.

Others say they’re destined for the highest office in the land. Democratic presidential contender Beto O’Rourke, who attended Columbia University in New York, told the April 2019 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, “Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment.” (O’Rourke later said he could have chosen his words more judiciously, and clarified that he was referring to his calling to public service.)

Not everyone has the innate ability to eye an opportunity with that kind of confidence or, some might say, entitlement. That ambition and confidence is likely instilled in people at a young age. Jones Young says, in her experience, they often happen to be from privileged backgrounds, and that can create a structural and cultural imbalance in the workplace.

Original article by: Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch

Facebook’s Boosting Your Business

Date: April 24th 9:30 AM Doors Open 

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Location: Chisholm Hills Golf & Banquet Center 2395 Washington Rd Lansing, Michigan

– Facebook’s Boost Your Business events provide businesses with the most up-to-date tools, insights, and best practices for achieving success on Facebook & Instagram.

– Learn directly from Facebook experts, local organizations, and other businesses in the area. You will walk away with the resources you need to grow your business!

– Free event for businesses! After completing registration you will be emailed your ticket, Act fast before spots fill up.

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East Lansing St. Patty’s Day Broadcast

Our Live broadcast from East Lansing Michigan kicks off at 8:00am Saturday morning March 17.

C&R News Director Kathy Schaefer will be live on our show interviewing some surprise guests.

When our 10 minute show goes live that morning we’ll be giving away gift cards to local restaurants to the students in the best costumes. We also have some great guests lined upand the MSU Irish Dance Club will perform!

We’ll be surrounded by 10,000 college kids some of which are acting like buzzed grade schoolers. It’s college party…not a family event.

The city of E.L. is taking action to keep the

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MSU students and citizens safe. Anyone that 

gets carried away drinking is allowed to keep their car overnight in many of the city parking lots. The city also adding to their police force that day and night.

Expect lots of friendly police biking, walking and riding horses around E.L.

CATA bus is offering free Entertainment Express trolley rides 


on Saint Patrick’s Day from 4p.m. to 3 a.m. The trolley travels between Lansing and East Lansing every 15 m

inutes, serving designated stops along the Michigan/Grand River Avenue corridor. For schedule details, visit www.cata.org.

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Fighting the Death Penalty


Thursday, June 29, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.  Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo

The Historical Society of Greater Lansing and the Michigan Political History Society is hosting nationally-recognized expert on the death penalty Eugene Gilbert Wanger in a conversation with Lansing attorney James Neal of the Loomis Law Firm, Thursday, June 29, 7 p.m. at the Library of Michigan. The event is free.

Wanger recently published the book “Fighting the Death Penalty: A Fifty Year Journey of Argument and Persuasion.” through Michigan State University Press. Books will be for sale at the event.

Michigan is the only state in the country that has a death penalty prohibition in its constitution—Eugene G. Wanger’s compelling arguments against capital punishment is a large reason it is there. The 40 pieces in this volume are writings created or used by the author, who penned the prohibition clause, during his fifty years as a death penalty abolitionist.

His extraordinary background in forensics, law, and political activity as constitutional convention delegate and co-chairman of the Michigan Committee Against Capital Punishment has produced a remarkable collection. It is not only a fifty-year history of the anti–death penalty argument in America; it also is a detailed and challenging example of how the argument against capital punishment may be successfully made.

The Eugene G. Wanger and Marilyn M. Wanger Death Penalty Collection resides at the University of  Albany M.E. Grenander Archives in New York and contains a wide range of materials on the death penalty documenting its history, efforts to abolish or reinstate the practice, its psychological impact, compatibility on religious, moral or ethical grounds, and its operation.

After graduating from Amherst College and The University of Michigan Law School, Eugene G. Wanger returned home to Lansing, Michigan to practice law. In 1961-1962 fellow voters from Lansing elected him the youngest delegate from his political party to Michigan’s Constitutional Convention where, among other provisions, he authored the section of the state constitution which bans capital punishment.  Wanger later served as Lansing’s City Attorney and chairman of Ingham County’s Board of Commissioners.

Beginning in 1972, Wanger co-chaired the Michigan Committee Against Capital Punishment, co-founded the Michigan Committee Against the Death Penalty, and been active in numerous historical organizations including the Historical Society of Greater Lansing. In 2005, he received the Champion of Justice Award from the State Bar of Michigan for superior professional accomplishments benefiting the state and nation, including his work on capital punishment.

He is a life-time member of the Michigan Political History Society.