Turns out this type of friendship is becoming more common. A new TNS Global survey of over 27,000 people found that folks are increasingly connecting with others online for platonic purposes.
Participants from China said that of all their relationships, about 80 percent are with online-only friends (people they've never met), while U.K. respondents said about 25 percent of their friends are online-only. Americans are on the low end of the spectrum, saying that online-only acquaintances make up 20 percent of their pals.
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Clicking With a Click Over the past 10 years, Ontario native Stefanie, 23, has formed her own circle of Web friends. Stefanie remembers a girl she befriended in a chat room -- after learning that they lived close to one another and had plenty in common, they ended up meeting ("For pancakes and squirrel watching," says Stefanie).
Stefanie still continues to meet new people online from time to time. "If it wasn't for the Internet, I'd never have met some of the best people in my life," she says. She also credits these relationships with helping her get over her shyness. "What I learned by interacting on the Internet I practiced in person and now feel content to be myself and be comfortable with it."
Do You Really Know Your Friends? Many Web socialites befriend their acquaintances on social networking sites. Over 50 percent of people worldwide participate in such sites, including Friendster, Facebook and Second Life. (Koreans are the most likely to belong to more than one, btw, with each person belonging to an average of four different sites.)
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