Reach - Internet Best Friends

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Matchmaking meets social media, for older teens and adults.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Interface is easy to navigate, and website is super helpful.


Potential for violent images, content, and discussion


Potential for sexual images, content, and discussion


Potential for profane, racist, and sexist language


No business or brand promotion at time of review, but that is a possibility as the app takes off.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Potential for discussion of drinking, drugs, and smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Reach - Internet Best Friends is a social media app designed to connect strangers who share common interests so they can become internet best friends. When setting up their account, teens choose topics of interest (music, sports, technology, fashion, etc) and then join specific groups (for artists, programs, and such). They then specify their age group (13-17 is the youngest, with groups up to 55+) and gender. They also share their hometown and where they currently live and create an account by connecting to Facebook or sharing their email address. They can share their photo, bio, and favorite emojis. That information, along with location and groups joined, matches them with potential internet best friends (IBFs). Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy polices frequently change.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by2Hannah0 October 8, 2020

This is probably one of the better friend making apps ive seen.

I just got this app not to long ago, and I've already made a few decent friends, and I know they're really people by Snapchat and what not. I think th... Continue reading
Adult Written byYurpYurp September 22, 2020

I notice lots of kids and glitches

I'd like to say this is an app where you can match with anyone with a common interest.. So a 40+ year old man can DM a 12 year old. I get 12 -15 year olds... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byjacksmith200 November 1, 2020

i don't like it, because its full of perverts and a 40+ could talk to lets stay a 12 year old.

i think families should not let your kids use this, anyone could talk to anyone. a pervert could convises a 12 year old to meet up with them and kidnap them. bu... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAshibo August 5, 2020

Good and safe way to make new friends

I’ve made a few new friends from this app, and it’s pretty cool.. not many people reply and it’s kinda hard communicating with people from different areas becau... Continue reading

What's it about?

REACH - INTERNET BEST FRIENDS wants to connect people virtually with new friends. Think of it as a combination dating app and special interest discussion board. Users choose topics of interest and then drill down to specific groups (An interest in movies/TV with a group for fans of Riverdale, for example). They can then join these groups and share memes, thoughts, and images in a feed with comments. These joined groups are also used to match users with others with similar interests, and users are encouraged to connect with these potential "IBFs," or internet best friends. Matches are made based on age, location, interests, and other info entered in the bio.

Is it any good?

A matchmaking tool for finding a best friend online could be the world's greatest gift for introverts or a potentially dangerous situation, so teens and parents should proceed with caution. There are two parts to the app: The interest-focused feeds where teens can connect with others who share that interest are a great place for a meeting of the minds. The focus of Reach - Internet Best Friends, though, is pushing relationships, and that's where most of the comments on the interest pages go. Teens are exchanging Snapchat names, Instagram handles, and even phone numbers. The percentages matching users to potential best friends comes across as forced, since some matches are suggested just because both users picked the same emoji to represent their mood. While Reach - Internet Best Friends might be a fun place to chat, it's unlikely to develop any relationships to best friend status, and its risks outweigh the benefits for most younger teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how teens could safely use Reach - Internet Best Friends for online relationships. Discuss your family's expectations about meeting online friends face-to-face for the first time. Is it allowed at all? Must they meet with a group or an adult present? Should they meet in a public place?

  • Understand and respect that teens want privacy -- which may include the opportunity to talk to someone they don't know well about their interests -- while making sure your teen know you are available to talk and that they are connected to support resources they may need.

App details

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