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What differentiates a friend from an acquaintance?

post #1 of 49
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I've been struggling with this one lately. What do you guys think it is?
post #2 of 49
Whether you give a shit about them or not?

For instance, friend- my buddy jesse. he has a shitty day, I feel bad for him
Acquaintance- Conne. He has a shitty day, I rejoice.
post #3 of 49
A friend is someone you would consider calling up just to see how they're doing.
post #4 of 49
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A friend is someone you would consider calling up just to see how they're doing.

Guess that makes us friends then.
post #5 of 49
I think silence is a good indicator.

If you have a lot of fun together - great. It's about acquaintance.
If you can be silent together and both feel comfortable, then you're friends.
post #6 of 49
I don't think you can really answer this. It's just a feeling you have, and you really can't describe it because real friendship is pretty powerful. I guess if I must describe it... a real friend is like a sibling to you.
post #7 of 49
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I think silence is a good indicator.

If you have a lot of fun together - great. It's about acquaintance.
If you can be silent together and both feel comfortable, then you're friends.

Sounds like a Russian thing.
post #8 of 49
A friend is someone you want to see. An acquaintance is someone you tolerate seeing.
post #9 of 49
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Sounds like a Russian thing.
I believe that you're confusing being "silent" with being "hammered on vodka".
post #10 of 49
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I believe that you're confusing being "silent" with being "hammered on vodka".

That's just the thing, when I'm 'hammered on vodka' I'm usually not silent. Must be the Anglo in me.
post #11 of 49
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That's just the thing, when I'm 'hammered on vodka' I'm usually not silent.

i never tried vodka
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i never tried vodka

We call it 'martini' here. Hipster thing, mostly.
post #13 of 49
I would never go out of my way to spend time with an acquaintance. I see them at work, at the gym, at parties where we have mutual friends, e.g. places where I was planning to be anyway.

I make an effort to keep in touch with my friends and see them regularly, when possible.
post #14 of 49
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Originally Posted by Hombre Secreto View Post
I don't think you can really answer this. It's just a feeling you have, and you really can't describe it because real friendship is pretty powerful. I guess if I must describe it... a real friend is like a sibling to you.

No.
post #15 of 49
Most people, especially in the Facebook age, throw around the term "friend" too loosely. You can have a ton of acquaintances and be friendly with them, but you only have a handful of friends.
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