February 3rd is International Online Friendship Day. SKOUT, an online friendship site that connects people internationally recently did their own survey and released their highlights to the public. Their survey population was over 23,000 people. From what their CEO, Christian Wiklund stated, in 2015 alone, the site facilitated over 600 million connections through their platform alone.
SKOUT’s recent survey highlights include:
-that 3 out of 4 people have an online friend who they have never met in real life and over 80 percent have stated that they would like to someday
-over 60 percent of U.S. citizens stated that they have at least five online friends; over 40 percent have stated that they have at least 10
-over 60 percent say that they at least one online friend who lives in a foreign country
-over 90 percent say that they communicate with them through their mobile phones and almost 60 percent say that they communicate with their online friends on a daily basis
The goal of a website such as SKOUT is to fulfill the need for social support, connectedness and to complement “real life” friendships. In 2015 alone, almost 17 million travels were taken through SKOUT’s Travel app. This app helps clients to search any location anywhere in the world and instantly start making connections.
SKOUT remains one of the largest international social platforms. Their community includes over 175 countries and it is available in over 10 languages. It is a way through which people can easily connect without having to worry about online predators. Their future remains a very bright one and the fact that meeting online has become so popular will probably only allow it to expand as time goes on. They have outlets on Facebook and Twitter or clients can just sign up online by visiting SKOUT’s website.