“I think that would be better in some ways, but I think I’d miss out on a lot, especially on keeping in touch with far away friends.” Good for meeting people, not that great for making new friends Most teens do not believe that the Internet is particularly helpful in making new friends.
Sixty-seven percent of all online teens think it only helps “a little” or “not at all” when trying to make new friends.
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Some who say that use of the Internet takes time away from friends argue that this is balanced by the increased level of communication young people have with friends who live too far away for regular face-to-face meetings.
“If the Internet did not exist at all, I would probably be out doing things with my friends or getting homework done,” maintained one girl, 17, in the Greenfield Online group discussion.
This is abnormal, but I don’t think its ‘bad’ by any means.
Relationships that once might have withered are now nourished by the ease and speed of instant message exchanges and email messages. Difficult conversations with friends are now mediated by the emotional distance the Internet provides.
Intimate conversations sometimes seem easier than those that take place face-to-face.
Pat doesn’t worry about what you look like or what people say about you. Of course this could also be a bad thing, because it’s easy to manipulate someone online.
But I choose to believe in the better of the two situations.” To others, appearance still matters a great deal.