Meet friends online
This report explores the new contours of friendship in the digital age. For American teens, making friends isn’t just confined to the school yard, playing field or neighborhood – many are making new friends online.
The most common spots for meeting friends online are social media sites like Facebook or Instagram (64% of teens who have made a friend online met someone via social media), followed by playing networked video games (36%).Picking Out Like-Minded People Maintaining Friendships Online Staying Safe Online Finding an Online Community Community Q&A Tired of talking to yourself?Are you stuck at home, or feel shy about going out on your own to meet new people?It covers the results of a national survey of teens ages 13 to 17; throughout the report, the word “teens” refers to those in that age bracket, unless otherwise specified. Fully 57% of teens ages 13 to 17 have made a new friend online, with 29% of teens indicating that they have made more than five new friends in online venues. 10 through March 16, 2015, and 16 online and in-person focus groups with teens were conducted in April 2014 and November 2014.