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

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    An acquaintance is some one you may

    or may not know well enough to talk to about things that are of interests but, is not a close friend. A close friend cares how you feel and enjoys your company, interests and they also familiar enough of you to be nonjudgmental.
    FrankK70 FrankK70
    46-50, M
    1 Response Apr 10, 2015

    You can't talk to an acquaintance the way you

    can a close friend. I only have my boyfriend, and a girl I've known since grade eight. She ****** me off a lot, and she's an idiot that's love obsessed with me, but I don't know what I would do without her. I don't know where I would be without my boyfriend. I don't need anymore...
    dontyouunderstand dontyouunderstand
    2 Responses May 14, 2015

    I'm proud to say my group of friends is very

    small. I only keep close friends, people I can trust who care about me in my life.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jul 21, 2015

    My mom turned a blind eye

    but she did tell me to watch my back with my older sisters. Since her death my sisters took me for everything my mom left me. I have friends that are my sisters now and since the money train is gone my real sisters don't have anything to do to me. You make your own family as...
    flamingorose22 flamingorose22
    61-65, F
    2 Responses Apr 16, 2016

    I've noticed that a lot of people

    who are part of this group have hundreds or thousands of friends. Hmmm..
    Stephanie2211 Stephanie2211
    46-50, F
    6 Responses Mar 18, 2014

    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...
    deleted deleted
    7 Responses Sep 16, 2013

    I'm not going to try to be someone I'm not just

    for the sake of fitting in or wanting to be popular. I did that back in high school and all of the 'friends' I had then, are now gone.
    BlueJinx BlueJinx
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 24, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    2 Responses May 6, 2014

    I've never understood how people claim to have

    hundreds of friends. I think you can know a lot of people and be friendly with them but how many of those people do they really know? Maybe I'm lazy, or I'm just fortunate to have found a few people who I actually find interesting and want to engage with. I would say that I...
    Tigertail807 Tigertail807
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Sep 27, 2015

    I have trouble trusting.

    I only have one good friend but I am okay with that..
    AriannaMariee AriannaMariee
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 8, 2014

    I dnt mind a few aquintances

    but a true friend is better than a brother
    ojeezy ojeezy
    26-30, M
    Apr 15, 2015

    It's how I roll. I was trying to explain

    this to my 19-yo daughter. She's frustrated that it seems like it's so difficult to make friends that actually behave like friends. I explained that it's a challenge to have high expectations. We are driven by reality whereas many people are driven by fantasy or by trivial...
    Some1umayNo Some1umayNo
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Aug 12, 2015

    Close friends are the best gift in life.

    They make you laugh when things are bad and they are always there for you. That is way better then an acquaintance b
    deleted deleted
    Jul 13, 2015

    This has been a very up,

    down year for me.I have lost everything i own,but through trials & tribulations God gave me all i need & as one door closed ,another one opened.All that happened to me made me a better person,more open to help hurting people if i can.I will help or give you a shoulder to cry on...
    brendaemery brendaemery
    66-70, F
    1 Response Sep 7, 2015
    lovejazz1 lovejazz1
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 16, 2015

    One close friend outweighs any number of

    acquaintances, honestly.
    Darkoceans11 Darkoceans11
    16-17, M
    1 Response Jan 1, 2015

    A lot of people on here talk to me

    for a few hours or a few days and then they never talk to me again. It's alright I mean at least we acknowledged each other but that's not really what I came to this website for. I wanted to have real friends especially maybe a few older women because I seem to get along better...
    sexysmeagol sexysmeagol
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Mar 11, 2016

    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...
    deleted deleted
    May 27, 2014

    Fewer Friends - But Like My Fingers,

    I Can Count On Them! I guess it was our itinerant up-bringing that broke me away from social circles. From the time I started kindergarten until I finished high school I had been in 13 different schools. Lots of opportunities to make friends? Yes. Opportunities to keep friends...
    EverreadyRabbit EverreadyRabbit
    66-70, M
    Apr 9, 2015

    Because in the end, fake friends never notice

    your tears, agony and pain. They're the ones who will leave during your arduous situation/s. Having monumental amount of friends is like collecting dust that quickly fades away in a blink of an eye.
    Violetblossoms Violetblossoms
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 22, 2015

    This is true in my every day life

    and I am now realizing this goes for EP. My previous account was deleted in which I had over 2000 friends. I truly only knew a handful of them. This time around I am really looking to only add friends I chat with and get to build a friendship with. I want a few close people not...
    lovelychickadee lovelychickadee
    36-40, F
    11 Responses Jun 22, 2015

    Although my mom has always worried about me

    having just a bunch of friends. The thing is, my personality is very complicated 90% honesty 9%sarcastic 1%sweet. And that creates two paths: to hate me or to love me. MOST people will think I am arrogant, mean, and bitchy. The people who stay by me can actually argue that is...
    ThatCrazyCatLady ThatCrazyCatLady
    26-30, F
    7 Responses Jan 4, 2016

    I don't mind having more

    and more acquaintances. Besides commenting publicly on social media I am comfortable having meaningful conversations with all my acquaintances. But to focus on turning them into close friends, probably would not be the best idea from my end.
    hiddentears hiddentears
    26-30, F
    Apr 11, 2015

    As the New Year approaches,

    it's time to let go of the negativity to make room for more positive things in my life. There are plenty of people who claim to be a friend, want to talk but yet never reach out or just don't respond. I rather save my energy and effort for those select few who make the time for...
    MisunderstoodGal30 MisunderstoodGal30
    22-25, F
    Dec 28, 2014

    Less friends less bull.

    **** to deal with.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Aug 6, 2015

    I've met a lot of people in my life,

    but only stayed connected with the ones that mean something to me. I don't want to have a lot of people I call friends that I barely know just to show off. I like having the few trusting and loving friends I do now.
    Mordecur Mordecur
    18-21, M
    2 Responses May 24, 2015

    *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...
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses May 27, 2014

    I can count on two hands the number of close

    friends that I have. They may be few in number, but they are precious in ways that make me smile....and inspire my UNQUESTIONABLE loyalty.
    bikegenius1 bikegenius1
    56-60, M
    Sep 29, 2014

    I am acquainted with (almost) my whole school.

    Have 0 real friends. Some day....( or just wait to get out of high school)
    Cosmic0Potato Cosmic0Potato
    16-17, M
    5 Responses Jun 22, 2015

    a lot have offered me their company.

    . a lot have tried to mke friends.. a lot have i listened to.. and a lot have asked me to trust them.. it is hard for me to lean on fragile branches when they're obviously showing how fragile their friendships are.. a friend told me, being a friend to me is a lot of work..it is...
    FaitAccomp1i FaitAccomp1i
    70+, M
    3 Responses Apr 2, 2015
    lildiva89 lildiva89
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Jun 4, 2015

    My back is killing me

    and I can't sleep!!
    Elwood1981 Elwood1981
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Aug 19, 2015

    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...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jan 19, 2014

    learned this lesson the hard way!

    it's amazing how people have no problem being your "friend" when they need something from you. but as soon as you no longer let them walk all over you, they walk away. on the bright side, who needs people like that in life?
    calgarysc calgarysc
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Oct 20, 2014

    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
    2 Responses Feb 17, 2014

    'Best friends' means more

    than just a title to me. But I think it doesn't for you.
    veexarvlo veexarvlo
    18-21, F
    Sep 17, 2015

    I suppose I would rather get to know 2 people

    really well, than half assed know 12 people.
    QueenVen QueenVen
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 25, 2016

    this is so true. I have a best friend

    and she is so amazing she has truly shown me what true friends are. Her husband was tragically killed in an accident last January and left her with a 2 month old daughter, who is the sunshine in my life. well my friend being a widow has never once asked for pity but has...
    mya1984 mya1984
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jun 15, 2015

    I miss the times of having real internet friends

    that you talk to on semi regular basis. For whatever reason, people just disappear from here. No good byes. It is what it is and you just have to accept it and make new friends.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jul 3, 2015

    OK I have talked to a lot of people.

    ..on line or in "real life," that fit into the category of acquaintances. I have only a few people in my life right now that I can actually call friends. It's not easy to find someone that you trust enough to totally open up to, so just having acquaintances is much easier. You...
    RubyLane RubyLane
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Mar 26, 2015

    My friends in my mind are arranged in a pyramid.

    .. At it's Pinnacle is the special she of my days.... (I am looking for her) From there are my closet friends and so on... If you really are my friend we will converse...
    BlackBlueBrotha BlackBlueBrotha
    41-45, M
    1 Response May 23, 2015

    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...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Aug 16, 2014
    tnt2015 tnt2015
    31-35, F
    2 Responses May 20, 2015

    I feel like it is better to have a few strong

    bonds than many weaker bonds with people. I get emotionally drained after spending time with a lot of people and I like getting to know what actually makes someone who they are haha then at just know a gazillion people's names. I am much more a small party/get together with...
    EurydiceKallos EurydiceKallos
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Jun 4, 2015

    Real friends make a difference in your life.

    Reality is involvement and kindness.
    Astrucbmt Astrucbmt
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Jun 14, 2015

    I have seen some profiles here,

    where people have thousands of friends, and I don't see the sense in that. I would rather have a small circle of friends, to chat with, but yet be able to get to know this person, and have meaningful conversations. With thousands of people or even hundreds in the circle there is...
    strafer008 strafer008
    51-55, M
    4 Responses Jun 23, 2014

    I have only a few friends

    but we consider eachother family
    Lokisvixen Lokisvixen
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 20, 2015

    ... but I feel like I have none.

    I don't like being surrounded by a lot of people, so I don't regret not having many acquaintances at all. But sometimes I am a little sad about not having real friends. Everyone I talk to and get close with sort of moves on on me, we drift apart and never get close again. Don't...
    ListenerTalker ListenerTalker
    26-30, F
    6 Responses Oct 4, 2014
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