More than Half of US Teens See Friendship Bloom in Cyber Space

August 13, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Forging a friendship personally and in the internet world draws a line in between; the very own line that runs parallel to the ones that define the polarity in shopping and e-shopping, consultation and online consultations, and other similar affairs.

Just like it has been with the internet-applications, online friend-seeking proves to be easier, even if, at times, unreliable.

The former-said factor might well be the reason why cyber world is ushering in blooming of friendship, which also apparently is at greater rates than making friends in person.

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A new survey carried out by Pew Research Center, covering responses from over 1000 teens of age 13-17 explains that more than half of the teens in the US build friendship over cyber world.

While social network proves to be the platform prominent in friend-making for girls, boys tend to go the other way by building friendship over gaming networks. Social networking still rules as the choice for making new friends, with more than 64% of teens having made new online friends on Facebook and Instagram alone.

The total percentage of teens that have found an online friend is around 57%, of which more than 50% have made more than five friends in the online space.

However not many among the online friend makers seem to have taken their friendship out of the internet world. Only 20% of the teens report that they have met their online friends in person.

Amanda Lenhart, lead author on the report, cites that the technological surge in the smartphone and gaming industry is giving away new platforms to the teen for seeking new relations. “More than 70% of the teens find it a better feel to stay connected with online friends” explains Lenhart in the study report.

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