PR Newswire always has the best information on growing trends in technology and culture. They have recently released information regarding a recent poll that was taken by the online dating and social media network called Skout. The poll surveyed users of the platform to better understand their relationship with the platform, and why users liked their service. The results showed that users on the platform enjoyed having online friends. Statistically, 3 out of 4 people were reported to have a friend or more online that they communicate with, and a second statistic shows that a majority of these people would like to meet someone online in real life.
The information is useful when you consider meeting someone from the internet, but you should always be safe about meeting someone. Meet in a public place over food or drinks, at least until you feel that it is safe to trust this person. It is also not a bad idea to meet in group settings, like at a party or gathering. It’s not necessary to be as cautious when you have been talking to someone on text messaging or on the phone, in my opinion. However, I have found the more you get to know someone before you see them, the better it is in finding things to talk about during your time together. It is a great way to make friends, and you’ll likely find it helpful in building conversational skills.
Social skills are built through repetitively training yourself to engage with other people, and friendships are built around engagements like the ones Skout provides for users. Users can see what the other person is interested in when they log in to Skout. Their Skout profile shows their interests, and other information. Here’s the article from PR Newswire about Skout’s survey.