Study: Technology is helping US teenagers to forge friendships online
According to the Pew Research Center's Teen Relationship Study released on Thursday, technology is apparently helping an increasing number of teenagers to build as well as maintain relationships; with teenagers now meeting more friends online than in flesh.
The findings of the new Pew study have revealed that more than 50 percent of US teenagers have met new friends via popular social media platforms - like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter - and through video game forums.
The survey, involving 1060 US teenagers aged between 13 and 17 years, found that nearly 57 percent teenagers claimed to have made a friend online; with almost 29 percent saying that they have made five or more new friends that way.
As per the findings of the study, boys are more likely to make online friends than girls; and older teenagers apparently forge more friendships online as compared to their younger counterparts.
Against the backdrop of the study's findings, Pew researcher Amanda Lenhart said that "Teenagers always spend a lot of time with their friends in person, especially in schools;" and added alongside: "But cellphones, social media, and for boys, online video games are becoming more deeply involved in the creation and maintenance of friendships."
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