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Hispanic teens (64%) are more likely than whites (53%) to have made friends online. Typical was one middle school boy in our focus groups who explained, “I met him – [he’s] from Africa or something.And then we started talking and I asked ‘[What] was it like over there?Small shares of younger and older girls have met friends in any other forum, although 9% of older girls have met friends on a blogging site. Another middle school boy described how he met his online friends through other friends on social media. Older teens are more likely than younger teens (24% vs.
When it comes to social media — another major networked environment in teens’ lives — teenage social media users are more than twice as likely as those not on social media to have made online friends (61% vs. And, as is the case with gaming, social media use is heavily correlated with making a relatively large number of friends online.
More than half (57%) of teens say they have made new friends online: 6% have made just one friend, 22% have made between two and five new friends, and 29% have made more than five new friends online.
Relatively few of these digital friendships yield in-person friendships; only 20% of teens who have made an online friend have met that friend in person.
Boys are more likely to make friends online than girls: 61% of boys and 52% of girls say they have made at least one friend online.
Perhaps because they have spent more time online and have become more familiar with digital platforms, older teens are more likely than younger teens to have made friends online: 60% of those ages 15 to 17 vs. Older boys are especially likely to have made friends online (67% have done so).