For International Friendship Day, SKOUT surveyed over 23,000 people to find out what friendship really means in today’s modern world. The internet makes it possible for you to connect with anyone, anywhere, whenever you want.
Christian Wiklund, co-founder and CEO of SKOUT stated, “We facilitated more than 680 million connections on our platform last year, and as our latest survey shows, having friends you met online is the norm in today’s digital society.”
Over the past decade, our social structures have drastically changed because of the internet. While we still strive for friendship, we go about fulfilling that basic need in a drastically different manor now. Online friends provide most of the benefits of their real life counterparts. In some cases, people with social anxiety prefer online friendship over an in person one. Three out of four people have an online friend that they’ve never met in real life. About 62% of Americans have at least 5 online friends and 43% have 10 or more. Of those people, 83% would like to meet their online friends in real life someday.
The smartphone revolution has made making friends online even simpler. About 92% of Americans communicate with their online friends with their smartphone instead of a computer. Since our smartphones are always with us, 59% of people communicate with their online friends on a daily basis.
The SKOUT app is a unique approach to social networking. Not only is it a global platform where you can connect online with people in over 180 countries, but they also offer ways to meet these people in real life as well. The creators of SKOUT wanted the app to serve as a way to meet the locals of the areas you plan to travel to. The popular Travel feature created 16 million journeys in 2015. This feature with a press of a button allows the user to instantly connect with new friends in any destination around the world.