Online friends vs. offline friends

How we socialize and engage with one another is drastically altering as a result of the internet and digitization. The fact that this is especially true for the current generation leads us to anticipate that future generations will depend even more on technology as they learn new methods to connect with people online all over the world.

Even though Gen Z has grown up with online friends, that doesn’t mean they’re opposed to hanging out in person. In fact, statistics show that Gen Z is far more likely to hang out with their in-person friends than their older counterparts.

One of the reasons why this generation values friendship so much is because of the bonds they have developed online throughout the years. These relationships are different from those formed in high school or through extracurricular activities, but they are just as meaningful and lasting in adulthood.

Online friends are easy to make

According to Pew Research, 57% of teens and young adults have made an online friend, and online gaming and social media are the most common digital platforms for meeting new friends. 72% of all teens spend more time with their friends on social media: 23% do so daily; 59% video chat with friends; 7% video chat with friends daily.

Online friends are easy to make

As expected, the more time Gen Z spends online with friends, the more internet they consume. Because smartphones are used by 98% of Generation Z they must rely on multiple modes of internet connection. 70% of 18-29 year-old internet users in the United States have a broadband network in the house, according to Pew.

That said, it's easy to find people with similar interests to you online, and it's easy to connect with them. You can message them, chat with them, and even video call them. You can also easily block someone if they're being too annoying or if you just don't want to talk to them anymore.

And unlike real-life friends, you can choose how much or how little you want to interact with them. If you need some time for yourself, all you have to do is ignore their messages for a while. On the other hand, if you want to get closer to someone new, all you have to do is send them a message!

Online friends are easy to make

But a lot of people don’t know how to connect with friends online because sometimes it's hard to know what exactly to say. So here are some tips on how to make friends through social media:

Ask questions about what they like - this will help both of you feel more comfortable and make things more interesting.

Share something about yourself - this will help break the ice by telling them something personal that might interest them.

Check out their Instagram profile - sometimes we forget that other people might be interested in what we post on our own profiles! Posting pictures on your Instagram is a great way to spark up a conversation with someone else who follows you there.

Online friends can be global

Being able to connect with people from all over the world is one of the main reasons why online friendship are becoming more popular. With social media, you can connect with anyone, no matter where they live. And, with video calling and messaging apps, it's easy to keep in touch with your online friends, no matter how far away they are.

Online friends can be global

In fact, some members of Gen Z don't even have any real-life friends outside of their online ones. They may not see their offline friends as often due to school schedules or extracurricular activities. But, they still rely on their online friends for support and companionship when life gets tough.

Gen Z has a much stronger sense of community than millennials did when they were growing up because of this strong connection with other young people who share similar interests and struggles. The internet has allowed them to find communities that they wouldn't have found otherwise. Some might come across toxic communities too, but these seem rarer.

Online friends are always there to connect with

Whether you’re feeling happy or sad, your online friends are always there for you. They’re easy to talk to, and you can share anything with them without feeling judged. You can be yourself around them, and they will accept you for who you are.

They’re also a great way to connect with people who share your interests. So, if you're into sports, music, fashion, or video games, it's certain that there's someone out there with the same interest as you!

New social media platforms are powered by Gen Z

It's no secret that social media platforms have become increasingly popular among young people. What is less known, however, is that these platforms are being used in different ways by different generations. For example, Gen Z is more likely to use social media to connect with friends online rather than in person.

New social media platforms are powered by Gen Z

There are a few reasons for this trend. First, social media provides a way to connect with friends who live far away. Second, online friends can be more easily controlled and curated than in-person friends.

Much like we have seen with the rise of TikTok, new social platforms are powered by younger-skewing audiences. And the same will be true for our streaming platform, Calypsoroom, which will appeal not only to the already-successful young creators on other platforms, but also to their audiences and the next generation.

Online friends vs. offline friends - Conclusion

In the future, this trend is likely to continue as more and more people turn to the internet for their social needs. This could have a number of consequences, both positive and negative.

On the negative side, it could lead to more isolation and loneliness as people spend more time interacting with screens instead of real people. On the positive side, it could lead to more opportunities for people to connect with others who share their interests.

You're here because you love music, so please try to listen to it together with your friends or strangers, at the same time, connected by webcam in CalypsoRoom.

In CalypsoRoom we believe music is the most powerful tool to bring people together, and for this reason, we developed an online music social network where you can connect with friends or strangers while listening to music simultaneously, connected via webcam. Check it out.

Thanks for reading,
CalypsoRoom Team

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Written by CalypsoRoom Editorial Team
The CalypsoRoom Editorial Team is a skilled and diverse group of writers, researchers, and industry specialists who have access to Calypso's data and information in order to give you broad knowledge about the music industry as well as helpful advice to help you manage your music and dancing career.

Updated January 2023

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