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Can you be friends if you have not met in real life?

May 7th, 2020

Being friends can have a lot of meanings and people can have different types of friends. Some friends are closer than others and some friends are even considered as a part of the family. Further, some people have a lot of friends, some a few, and some people do not really have anyone they consider as friends. But can you be friends with someone you have not met in real life? Userneeds has made a quick poll to examine this among our panel members.

Most people like to spend time with their friends and some friends can be closer than others. What it means to be a friend can be different to each individual person. Further, you can have different types of friends. Friends can share both happy and difficult times in life. Some friendships are built on great and fun experiences and memories. Some friendships are also built on helping each other in difficult times. Some people say that a real friend is there for you no matter what. But is it possible to be friends if you have not met in real life? At Userneeds we have asked our panel members the question: Do you have a friend that you have never met in real life?

The result of the quick poll showed that Denmark is the country where fewest people have one or more friends they have not met in real life. 11 percent of the Danish panel members have more than one friend they have not met in real life. This is 18 percent in Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Further, there is 10 percent in Norway who have one friend they have not met, and 7 percent in all four other countries. Thereby, Norway is the country in which most of our panel members have one or more than one friend they have not met in real life. However, the result shows that there is not that big a difference in the share of panel members who have this type of friend.

82 percent of the Danish panel members do not have a friend they have not met in real life. In Ireland, Sweden, and Finland 75 percent of the panel members in each country do not have this type of friend, and in Norway the percentage is 72. Further, there is a share of people who do not believe you can be true friends with someone you have never met in person. In Finland 17 percent and in Denmark 16 percent of the panel members do not believe you can be true friends if you have not met in person. In Ireland and Norway, 13 percent in each country agree that you cannot be true friends in such a relationship where you have not met. The percentage is lowest in Sweden in which 9 percent have this opinion.

Thereby, the quick poll confirmed there are different opinions on what a friend and a true friend is. Further, it showed that less of half our panel members have a friend that they have never met in person.

Thank you to those of you who have participated in the quick poll. We hope you found it interesting reading about the result.