Social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked In let people make personal and professional connections online.
These and other sites also offer the opportunity to set dating arrangements via the Internet.
While it's often perceived that such outlets are primarily used by adults, teenagers use them as well.
There are a variety of dating sites that allow teens 18 and older to register, but there are also meeting/dating/chat sites that allow younger teens to register.
Teen Online Dating.net, for instance, is an exclusive teen dating website with more than 3 million members, as of 2012.
There's also a variety of teen dating chat rooms available through sites such as AOL and Yahoo as well as teen-specific teen chat/dating outlets on My LOL.net, Knuddels and Chatpit.
Although school and work are outlets for teens to make new friends, it's not uncommon for teenagers to have trouble meeting people who share common interests.
Finally, it's important for teens to trust their instincts when interacting with peers online.
Scott Cornell began writing for professional publications in 2004.
His early writing appeared in "The State News" and he has since been published in a family of newspapers in northeast Indiana, "Sports Illustrated" (Campus Editions) and on several sports blogs.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Michigan State University.
Some teens also prefer getting to know others through electronic communication rather than in person.