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I 'd Rather Have A Few Close Friends Than Many Acquaintances

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    Quality over Quantity.

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    myblumoon myblumoon 31-35, F 5 Responses May 1

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    Yes I have come to the conclusion I enjoy

    quality company. I'm not here to follow the crowd or become famous. I just want to take my life one day at a time. I don't lust for money or material things. I am satisfied with just taking my time and living life in the moment. I have hobbies I enjoy but most of all I enjoy...
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 2 Responses May 27

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    I have 2-3 close friends

    and everyone else i know are literally just acquaintances
    mareiyanna mareiyanna 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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    This one cracks me up.

    ..especially on EP, when so many people choose to have so many "friends" in their circle!
    Accebere Accebere 36-40, F 8 Responses 2 days ago

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    As of right now I have a small group of folk

    that I consider my true friends. Some are online and others are my day to day pals. It is difficult to make friends because you may get along swimmingly with someone, but after you get to know them more they tend to leave a bad taste. However I never shy away from an opportunity...
    Steffi627 Steffi627 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 22

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    I have always had a huge group of lads to

    associate with ever since I started going out to bars and clubs. However I only actually have 1 or 2 people within the group who are actually good friends that I would speak to on the phone or would go for a one on one meal or drink with. I can't help but think that selfish as...
    bananaman1uk bananaman1uk 26-30, M Jul 13

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    *Edited* Standing on my back deck,

    coffee in one hand , a lit cigarette in the other, watched as the sun disappeared into the edge of my back yard. The sounds of crickets and tree frogs starting to sing, lighting bugs were becoming visible, and I was alone. so very very alone. but it didn’t feel alone really...
    TheShadowedGirl TheShadowedGirl 31-35 9 Responses May 27

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    I'd rather have one close friend

    who I can trust with my life than many friends who are good fun but you just can't be sure that they'll keep a confidence.
    Wheels64 Wheels64 46-50, M 2 Responses Sep 1

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    I think the word friend,

    is thrown around way too easily. When I was younger, I was very quick to call anyone I shared a few words with a friend. As an adult, I realize that true friendship is something very rare. When you find it, you should cherish it. To find a person who truly has your best...
    tiredgoodguy tiredgoodguy 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I do have a few close friends

    and many acquaintances. I am friendly with many, people, but my soul I bare to only a chosen few that I love and trust. I feel this way about them because they have allowed me the honor of getting to truly know them. Those are the relationships i choose to nurture.
    IWillCherishYou IWillCherishYou 51-55, F 2 Responses May 28

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    I've lived by this my whole live (close friends

    over many acquaintances), but I'm starting to wonder if I'd be happier with many fake friends? I mean, don't they seem happier? I've never had more than 3 close friends at once (one always being my mom who is my best friend in the world). The problem is... I'm not sure how to...
    Tory102 Tory102 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 3

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    nutssquared nutssquared 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 27

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    I have a lot of friends

    but I don't know all of them on a deeper personal level. I see some of my friends posting things that ask you to say which one of something they would choose over the other. For example, they say something like, "do I like pepsi or coke?" and I honestly don't know which one they...
    Culinaryman23 Culinaryman23 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 19

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    If you want to be in my circle then we need to

    interact on a somewhat substantial basis before I will accept requests. There is no problem if someone wants to be my fan and follow my stories as I encourage people to follow others' material. That being said I do not have to be close with all my friends- just know that we...
    JoeGogg JoeGogg 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 11

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    I have trouble trusting.

    I only have one good friend but I am okay with that..
    AriannaMariee AriannaMariee 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 8

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    It's not the quantity of friends you have,

    but the quality that counts.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 24

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    If you want to add me to make up numbers on

    your friends section please follow not bother I'm here to make friends and learn new things. I keep my circle small as I like to get to know people not play Q&A to connect with friends as that is not being a friend.
    vampirish vampirish 46-50, F 4 Responses Jul 16

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    Yeah. I guess I've done well in this sense,

    I have a small group of my fav besties, but I've got plenty of acquaintances too. Yay! Friendship group mastery! hehe omg
    InternationalDarkness InternationalDarkness 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 19

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    I've noticed that a lot of people

    who are part of this group have hundreds or thousands of friends. Hmmm..
    Stephanie2211 Stephanie2211 41-45, F 7 Responses Mar 18

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    Well, now, my friends are down to less

    than a few after some "housecleaning". Not worth the stress or the vampires I have had to endure. I feel like a hundred pounds has been lifted off my shoulders. I'd prefer to spend my time with a more genuine person than be taken for granted, as "always being there".
    Mystic74 Mystic74 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 3

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    I like to be able to trust

    and rely on my friends. Does it matter that whilst I have many acquaintances I only really value a very few of them as my friends? No I don't think it does. Acquaintances come and go, true friends will always be there no matter where or what you are doing. I am lucky to have...
    Earthgirl188 Earthgirl188 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 19

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    I was never the most popular girl at school.

    ...not that I wanted to be, anyways...and I had my own little posse of friends, just 4 of us, that were just like little bit too 'geeky' for the more mainstream, conservative types... But that was ok.... Now I'm older, it's still the same; some really nice close friends...
    SarahTheHooker SarahTheHooker 18-21, F 6 Responses Sep 3

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    I deleted my Facebook back in high school

    because I didn't want "Facebook friends." Those who have my number or make an effort to get in touch with me are those worth keeping.
    IamEDGExxx IamEDGExxx 22-25, M 2 Responses May 27

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    In long distance relationships texting can be a

    wonderful thing for staying in touch, but it also has its drawbacks. It can be the cause of misunderstandings and misinterpretation. Sometimes things are said on text that is meant one way, but is taken another way, causing hurt feelings, because emotions can not be seen or...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 22

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    More often than not people

    who become friends with me stop communication suddenly here on EP. I fail to understand what goes wrong . How to communicate with friends--any suggestion.
    rajchkraborty rajchkraborty 46-50, M 4 Responses Aug 16

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    Trueness. I mean, there really is nothing wrong

    with having a lot of friends. On the contrary, being friendly is a good character trait to have. However, you should be responsible enough to consider only those people who are really worthy of being called a friend. Popularity isn't so bad, just don't let it get you. For when...
    malipatient malipatient 26-30, F Jul 16

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    Yet I can't even seem to find one

    who won't call me a ***** when really all I needed was understanding. Or one who actually will give me the time of day. Or one who actually gives a **** about me. Or do friends not do that?
    jordins22 jordins22 16-17, F 6 Responses Jun 17

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    acquaintances can be

    even better. just speak with them occaisionally keep them far enough away where they are not part of your little circle, but still speak with them and socialize
    mrmarine mrmarine 46-50, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    It's taken me many years to realise this.

    The group of friends I have had over the last 5 - 8 years are the ones that I hope will be with me for life. They are GOLD. I've stopped wasting my time on people that I don't particularly like and I've culled a few toxic people as well. Life is too short to drink bad wine...
    Tobeme64 Tobeme64 46-50, M 5 Responses Sep 3

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    I crave the feel of close interaction with

    people I care about. Casual acquaintances don't satisfy my emotional need for intensely intimate discourse.
    4myinnerchild 4myinnerchild 51-55, M Sep 7

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    FOR THE GUYS....My son

    and I used to get a lot of laughs over that horrible and funny show, "The Pick Up Artist."Now I present to you the PUAs female counterpart,who is usually very attractive and charismatic-the Bull**** Artist. Gentlemen, as the mother of a son, I will give you this advice-RUN...
    Bibiana554 Bibiana554 56-60, F 2 Responses Jul 23

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    A friend and former coworker described it best

    when she said that I'm a "very personal person" - whenever I start getting to know someone, I naturally move toward greater and greater connection with them. I reveal more and more parts of myself, and don't miss a beat if and when they do the same. I don't do it with everyone...
    SilverSearching SilverSearching 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 2

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    Faust76 Faust76 36-40, M 2 Responses Aug 7

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    I find that when my social circle consists of

    mostly acquaintances I find myself feeling lonely either after our interaction or even during our conversations just because I know they will only stay acquaintances and it will not evolve into a true friendship. When I know I have a true friend I know I can call them any time...
    ccxc910 ccxc910 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 19

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    Honestly I can live without a few "Close

    friends too! I'd rather some really great friends! Someone that knows all my secrets and flaws and at the end of the day I'll know that I can talk to them the next day
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 9

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    Friendships run deep

    for me. Most of my friendships go back many years and I am loyal to my friends ♥
    didyouseethat didyouseethat 41-45, F Aug 2

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    its better to have few close friends whom

    youunderstand and they are sincere to you rather having a group of friends who are not sincere to you
    happyhuman1 happyhuman1 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 12

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    Booksaremypassion Booksaremypassion 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 27

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    I mean literally some company

    which we keep can be so disturbing and weird that its sort of easy to say that we should be apart from this dude/gal!! This makes more realities and less drama!
    Angel1431 Angel1431 16-17, F Aug 25

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    threeforagirl threeforagirl 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 26

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    I see so many people happy to cost through life

    with lots of acquaintances, hanger-ons, associates, whatever you want to call them, essentially people that would not be there for you in your darkest hours. People who would not be there for you if you needed a comforting word, or an eager ear, rather they drift in and out like...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Feb 17

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    This is me. I know literally hundreds of people

    maybe thousands and many call me their friend. I only call two maybe three people my friend. I love them and pour love into them.
    lonesojourner lonesojourner 46-50, M Jul 29

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    As someone who didn't socialise much in school,

    I was glad to know a lot of people in my first couple years of college. A bunch of them were definitely acquaintances and not quite friends, but that was alright with me. This meant there was not much pressure to hang out with absolutely everyone I knew. Still, knowing all those...
    ACasualGuy ACasualGuy 22-25, M Aug 13

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    On any given day, I would

    rather have a few close friends than just mere acquaintances. One cannot have enough friends here or in real life. Choose your friends wisely and carefully.
    maryannesinclair maryannesinclair 41-45, F 1 Response May 11

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    I really can't understand those

    who try so hard to get attention from everyone. Maybe I think that way because I'm an introvert but it truly seems like a waste of time. I'm still young so most people around me try to talk to everyone and call them their best friend after a week. Life isn't a popularity contest...
    Alyssa5977 Alyssa5977 13-15, F 7 Responses Jun 17

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    Im honest:- I do get attached,

    even online :). it doesn't matter to me where in the world you are, what you are or who you are - Its your character that had me keep coming back and talking to you. If you find me too intense, not slutty enough, not able to verbalise enough, too insecure- Im sorry, Im me with...
    Tonia248 Tonia248 51-55, F 5 Responses Aug 16

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    quality is better than quantity.

    nothing more true when it comes to friends. if you've even got 1 friend that you keep your whole life that is special and should be treasured. A real real friend won't question you why you haven't been touch they are just there for you.
    IMyOwnLeader IMyOwnLeader 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 11

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    EFairy EFairy 18-21, F 10 Responses Jul 22

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    i prefer having a few close friends

    rather than having a lot of friends
    youngsingle youngsingle 22-25, M Aug 6

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    I add people who take time to read me

    because I do the same before accepting a request. So, I expect that when we're in each circle, we will talk. Ok, life is busy and with all the mundane things around us, I can't demand any on a daily basis. Yet, If I added you and you did not talk to me at all, what's the point...
    0nOpalsMind 0nOpalsMind 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 11

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    Friends : I Only Need 1 Hand

    I don't see the point in adding people to my friends list when i opened this profile i was criticized by a lot of users for not adding them after they added mei didnt add back as a friend to me is somebody i know or have know a certain amount of time not after 3 secondsTo me a...
    ExtremeNext ExtremeNext 26-30, F 10 Responses Sep 16, 2013

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    I am more of a reserved person

    and with too many friends it can make me feel overwhelmed and pressured to talk. If I have few good friends then It is better that way.
    AddyAddyAddy AddyAddyAddy 18-21, F 3 Responses May 6

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    Regarding friendships,

    I believe in quality not quantity.
    Cozy01 Cozy01 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 30

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