Most of these friendships stay in the digital space; only 20% of all teens have met an online friend in person.
The most common spots for meeting friends online are social media sites like Facebook or Instagram (64% of teens who have made a friend online met someone via social media), followed by playing networked video games (36%).
It covers the results of a national survey of teens ages 13 to 17; throughout the report, the word “teens” refers to those in that age bracket, unless otherwise specified. Fully 57% of teens ages 13 to 17 have made a new friend online, with 29% of teens indicating that they have made more than five new friends in online venues.
10 through March 16, 2015, and 16 online and in-person focus groups with teens were conducted in April 2014 and November 2014.
Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Joseph Voiland withheld conviction and agreed to expunge the record if Meinel successfully completes six months of probation and does 25 hours of community service."I learned a lot from this," Meinel told the judge. Though the victim initially said he felt humiliated and embarrassed by the incident, he later told a victim/witness coordinator that Meinel had apologized, they were still friends and he was worried what would happen to Meinel.