Penpal clubs can nowadays be found on the Internet, in magazines, newspapers, and sometimes through clubs or special interest groups. Some people are looking for romantic interests , while others just want to find friends. It seems, on the internet, that the term “pen pals” defines those looking to correspond with others that live in a different place , where pen pals originated via postal mail correspondences and has evolved to mean something more.
Penpals also make and pass around friendship books, slams and crams. Another term used to describe pen pal is the word penfriend.
In recent years, pen pal correspondence with prison inmates has gained acceptance on the Internet. Many pen pal newsletters do not publish prison pen pal ads because these communications require more caution, not simple friendships.