IRL Friends?

Research shows that more that kids have never met more than half of their Facebook friends IRL (in real life.)

I can’t help but wonder at the implication of that staggering statistic. I think of all the times we hosted (and fed) our children’s friends. Will the 30% of Millennials who are now parents get to know their children’s friends across the kitchen table?

Social circles are so important to kids. Friends/non-friends are a huge influence. I can’t stop the questions…

Do the high numbers of online friendships mean kids are growing up inclusive? How do online friendships impact the real-time social skills kids need to make eye contact and carry on a live conversation? Are online and offline friendships defined identically?

Questions will keep coming…


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