The age of technology has changed the way we shop, work, and even make friends. Digital platforms have opened up the world to us and allowed us to meet people that we would otherwise never have the chance to meet. International Online Friendship Day brought about ore than simply celebrating the people we have met online.
One of the digital platforms that aid in meeting new people and making friends decided to find out just how our perceptions of friendship have changed over the years. Skout performed a survey to find out how we feel and think about our online friends. Skout has helped over 680 million people meet and generate online friendships.
Through the survey it was determined that it is now considered normal to make and have online friends. Some of the other information that was found out is that many people, up to 76% of them have never met the friends that they have online. Among these one fourth of them hope that someday they will get to meet their online friends.
Friendship is an aspect of life that helps us deal with life issues and changes as well as have a social support system. Having online friends is a way that we can compliment the real life friendships as well as enhance our own quality of living. Online friends help us to feel connected with our world, community and self.
The Skout app has determined that use of their travel app has increased over the course of the last year. More than 16 million trips were planed and used the travel app. This app allows users to find friends and connections when they go around the world, or even to the state next door.
These connections are also not limited to traditional computers. One can make the friends, talk to them and stay in touch through netbooks, laptops, tablets and even phones. As a matter of fact up to 92% of the people who took the friendship survey say that they use their phone to keep in touch with their online friends.
In closing those who took the friendship survey also stated that they have friends that are outside of the country in which they live. Friendship is still standing strong as a necessary facet of life. Although, the way that we make and keep friends is changing as our dimensions of global reach and digital capabilities change.