The Truth About Friends and Acquaintances

By Kimberly, age 19, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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For most of us, we have our close friends, the people we hang around the most, and then we have people we call our "friends", but are in fact just acquaintances. When thinking about it, you don't want to call certain people that you know "acquaintances" because it has a negative tone when it is said. Not everyone is a real friend of yours, but you usually say, "Oh, this is my friend, so-and-so", because it doesn't sound right to say, "this is my acquaintance". It just sounds very negative.

It is very important to know who your real friends are from the people that you just know and see from time to time, or even, in fact, just say, hi or bye to. For me, it's a lesson I had to learn the hard way because I would call every person I knew my friend, and a lot of the time they would use that to their advantage to get something out of me instead of being a true friend when I needed them.

One of the most important things to remember about friends and the concept of friendship in general is that it is better to have a few close friends than a lot of acquaintances, or "fake friends", as I like to call them.

Many friendships come and go. I learned that the hard way too, and sometimes it is not your fault. It just happens because people grow apart and move on.

Being a friend or having a friend is very important because knowing that you have someone to hang out with is one of the best things in life. The last thing that is important to always remember about friends is, at the end of the day, to trust your judgment and know the true type of friends (and not acquaintances) you want in your life.

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March 15, 2012

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