Probably no one who’s been paying attention missed the fact that life has moved itself almost entirely online. Friendship is a whole new bag, and people do all kinds of living on their smartphones. They can get their entertainment, shopping, and chatting up needs met at the touch of a finger. Skout is one of those global platforms that makes it happen. Their purpose is to help people make friends to enhance their social life. Friends can be made locally or far away.
The Travel feature is popular and was used by 16 million people in 2015. The user enters a city or destination for their vacation, and bingo bango, they’ve got friends waiting for them, or drinking buddies maybe. Also popular is virtual travel, where a person virtually travels to a destination, then connects with people who are actually there. Through Skout, 16 million virtual trips were taken in 2015. And San Francisco on the week of the Super Bowl saw drastic increases in virtual travelers.
The producer of The Friendship Blog, Ilene S. Levine, Ph.D., says the need for friendship remains unchanged in spite of changes in communication technology. It is an essential for social support and general well-being. The second annual International Online Friendship Day was February 3rd. 23,000 people took part in a friendship survey that was later released by Skout, and there were no real surprises according to P R Newswire. Three out of four people have online friends they’ve never met, people they feel an affinity for.
Skout, which started out as a social networking site, quickly became a dating platform. Founded in 2007, Skout is based in San Francisco, best virtual and real vacation spot. It now operates in 180 countries, and its purpose is simple. It’s so people can easily and safely hook up. The problem is knowing who is really on the other end of the line. The way that Skout guarantees the safety of its patrons is pretty basic stuff. Some safety tips are listed on the web page. Teenage and adults platforms are separate. Only general location information is offered until authorized by both parties. Strict community management rules are enforced by staff, but Skout counts mainly on peer interaction to police the site.