Skout Survey Reveals Secrets Shared Between Online FriendsFebruary 5, 2015 - Author: steph - No Comments
The internet has changed the way we do many things, and it appears that making friends is no different. Last year, the makers of Skout surveyed over 52,000 users to analyze friendship trends around the globe. For those who are unfamiliar, Skout is an app designed to introduce people to each other. The interesting results of the Skout survey were first published on PR Newswire on February 4, 2015, which coincides with the first ever International Online Friendship Day.
Apparently, mostly women will be celebrating this new holiday, as women are more likely to maintain a close friendship with someone they met online but have never seen in person. While only 44% of the U.S. men surveyed have an online friend they’ve never actually met, 56% of the women did.
Perhaps more astonishing than how many people have exclusively online friends is what information gets shared with them. A whopping 60% of survey respondents admitted to being more truthful with online friends than they are with friends they see regularly. The topic of many of these heart-to-hearts seems to be sex, as 60% of Brazilians and 50% of Americans, Australians, Brits, French and Filipinos prefer to talk about their sex lives with online friends over friends they see in person.
While the rise in international online friendships may seem only natural for younger, more tech-savvy generations, it appears this friendship phenomenon has bridged the age gap. When surveyed, 52% of adults under the age of 30 claim to have a close friend who they met online. Surprisingly, however, 47% of those over 40 also claim to have close friends whom they have met via the internet.
If you’re part of the trend, consider marking your calendar so you don’t miss the second International Online Friendship day next year.