A quarter of millennials now make all their friends online

A quarter of millennials now make all of their friends online, according to a new study.

In fact, it found they will expect people to ‘like’ 29 of their social media posts before they become an ‘official’ friend.

The research by satellite broadband provider, Konnect, showed how millennials are by far the most dependent on the internet for making friends, more so even than the younger ‘Gen Z’.

While those in Gen Z have an average of 6 friends they’ve never met face-to-face, the number almost doubles to 11 for millennials.

Across all age groups, 48 per cent told researchers they now make some new friends online, a figure that rises drastically to 82 per cent among 25 – 34-year-olds.

The study also highlighted however that it is not just younger generations accessing the online world to make friends.

Half of over 65s want people to ‘like’ at least one of their social media posts before they become friendly and more than a quarter (27 per cent) of those aged between 55 – 64 make at least some of their new friends online.

In fact, a fifth (19 per cent) of people aged over 65s now has 2 friends they met online.

James Soames, Global Marketing Director for Konnect said: “Over the past year there’s been a lot of focus on how reliable internet connections are needed to support working from home and help us stay connected to our friends and family.

“But it’s often been overlooked just how important the internet can be in making solid relationships in the first place, especially at a time when we’re still feeling disconnected from normality.

“There has been an exodus of millennials from the cities and big towns to rural areas and it’s absolutely vital to them, and others in those communities, that they are able to keep old personal connections alive as well as let new ones thrive.”