50% of Us Have at Least One Online Friend Who We’ve Never Met
Chattanooga, Tennessee—(Wise Brother)
There’s been a lot of talk about metaverses, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. But for now, we’re just REAL people . . . who live in a REAL world . . . who spend a TON of time online.
But . . . we ARE connecting with other real people who we don’t know.
In a new poll, a whopping 50% of Americans say they have a friendship that’s entirely online . . . meaning that they met this person online, communicate with them there, and have never met them in person.
It’s more common for Gen Z (68%) and Millennials (61%) . . . but 40% of Gen X and even 27% of Boomers have at least one online friendship.
When asked how those friendships compare, 26% of people say online friendships are “equally meaningful” to those that exist in real life. 38% say they are less meaningful, but 13% say they’re MORE meaningful.
Younger adults were FAR more likely to consider online friendships more meaningful. 25% of Gen Z said that was true, while just 2% of Boomers agreed.
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