What differentiates a friend from an acquaintance?

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  1. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    I've been struggling with this one lately. What do you guys think it is?
     


  2. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    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.
     


  3. MetroStyles

    MetroStyles Senior member

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    A friend is someone you would consider calling up just to see how they're doing.
     


  4. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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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. [​IMG]
     


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    spb_lady Senior member

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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.
     


  6. Hombre Secreto

    Hombre Secreto Senior member

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    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.
     


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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.
     


  8. Reggs

    Reggs Senior member

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    A friend is someone you want to see. An acquaintance is someone you tolerate seeing.
     


  9. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    Sounds like a Russian thing.
    I believe that you're confusing being "silent" with being "hammered on vodka".
     


  10. ektaylor

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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.
     


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    spb_lady Senior member

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    That's just the thing, when I'm 'hammered on vodka' I'm usually not silent.

    i never tried vodka [​IMG]
     


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    i never tried vodka [​IMG]

    We call it 'martini' here. Hipster thing, mostly.
     


  13. holymadness

    holymadness Senior member

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    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.
     


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    CDFS Senior member

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    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.
     


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    intent Senior member

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    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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