THE INTERNET is not used only to look things up and gather information. The world wide web is also providing opportunities for Slovaks to make contacts and find a partner.
More than two thirds of young internet users have used the internet to search for friends or love, says a recent survey carried out by the GfK Slovakia polling agency. The survey was conducted on a sample of 300 internet users between the ages of 15 and 25 this April. The survey found that in Slovakia, almost 70 percent of the sample group have used the internet to find new friends.
When choosing a virtual friend, young people were mostly influenced by the person's online description (40 percent), a photo (38 percent) or an interesting description of the potential friend (34 percent). Common interests were also found to be important (29 percent) and it was found that 'love at first sight' can also work over the internet (27 percent).
Amusing contributions to chats and internet discussions made an impression on 25 percent of the respondents who were looking for a partner. Only five percent of respondents said that the usefulness of the relationship for themselves is an issue when they are looking for an online friend.
The fact that these relationships do not all remain virtual forever was proved by the fact that more than half of the respondents (52 percent) have met with their online friend at least once in person. About one quarter of the respondents reported spending more time with their online friend after meeting them in real life. One third of the young people only remained in contact over the internet.
Around 17 percent of the respondents who have looked for love on the internet claimed to have actually found it.
18. Jun 2007 at 0:00