Remember making friends in the lunchroom? For many of today's teens, friendships can start online. A just-released report from the Pew Research Center finds 57 percent of teens have met a new friend online, and nearly 29 percent say they've made more than five friends in digital spaces, like Facebook or via online games. Researchers surveyed more than a thousand teens ages 13 to 17, in English and Spanish. They found most friendships that are made online, stay online.
Meeting online has become the most popular way U.S. couples connect, Stanford sociologist finds
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Matchmaking is now done primarily by algorithms, according to new research from Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld. His new study shows that most heterosexual couples today meet online. Algorithms, and not friends and family, are now the go-to matchmaker for people looking for love, Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld has found. Online dating has become the most common way for Americans to find romantic partners. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , Rosenfeld found that heterosexual couples are more likely to meet a romantic partner online than through personal contacts and connections. Since , traditional ways of meeting partners — through family, in church and in the neighborhood — have all been in decline, Rosenfeld said.
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