WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Parents used to complain about their teens spending all their time talking on the telephone.
Now they might complain about their teen children spending too much time online or texting.
But those avenues of communication have become the main route for many teens to socialize and make friends.
A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds 57 percent of teens age 13 to 17 have made a new friend online. Twenty-nine percent said they have made more than five new friends on the Internet.
Only 20 percent of all teens said they have met an online friend in person.
Social media sites like Facebook and Instagram dominate the experiences of most teens.
Sixty-four percent of the teens who made a friend online met that person on a social media site.
Girls are more likely to have met a friend on social media while boys were much more likely to meet new friends while playing video games online.
Video games have become an important social activity for teen boys. 84 percent of them said they play video games. 83 percent said they play with other people in the room, 75 percent play with others online.
The survey was conducted online from Sept. 25 through Oct. 9, 2014, and Feb. 10 through March 16, 2015. Sixteen online and in-person focus groups with teens were conducted in April 2014 and November 2014.
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