The majority of teenagers don’t consider meeting strangers online a taboo, with six in ten saying they have met at least
one new friend on the Web. Teens are also texting and communicating through online games and social networks more frequently than they are spending time together in person. And of those who meet people online, one-third also followed up with an in-person meeting.
These findings are part of a new in-depth study from the Pew Research Center aimed at understanding how online interactions
are shaping the social lives and identities of American teens. Broadly speaking, the research found that the line between
the virtual and real worlds have almost completely blurred — and that kids say they have deep and meaningful relationships
with people online and in person.