Friends. (A rant)
by, 14th October 2012 at 12:11 AM (201 Views)
Yes, I realize it's not a life dump. I know I said that in the previous life dump post, I would be posting these things every other Saturday. Well, not really anymore. Instead, what I have for you today is a nice little rant. I kind of wanted to get this one off my chest for a while. So, get ready to read.
So, this rant right now is about friends. "What about them," you ask? Simple really. One's definition of the word nowadays.
What really just ticks me off is when I see people on Facebook with 800+ friends. How can they have that many friends? It really doesn't make any sense to me. It's like they have friends that aren't really friends. Is that the point of all the social media sites? Just a big old popularity contest? I, for one, am completely content with my 24 Facebook friends. Do you know why? Because they're actually people I consider my friends. Here. This is how a dictionary lying around my house defines friend:
friend /ˈfrend/ n. 1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
Another thing that I believe should be mentioned is the trust factor. One must trust another's friends. At least that's what I believe.
But, from what I see on facebook and such, it seems like the definition of friend is more like:
friend /ˈfrend/ n. 1. a person you pass in the hallway that you know the name of.
Honestly. It's pathetic. It disgusts me. It DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME. I am one of those people who have a few friends, but take them to heart. My best friends, they're like brothers and sisters to me. I trust them, from keeping a simple secret to my life. It's just... I keep them so close to my heart. Some could say that I... love them. All of them. But when I see someone with 700 friends on facebook... I wonder; how many of those "friends" they can trust? Just how many do they have affection or regard towards? And those people saying, "Subcribe to me and you'll get 65413217 friend requests!1!!1! ;D" Honestly. It's pathetic. If this keeps up, I feel as though the word "friend" will be forever skewed and broader than it needs to be. This may explain my reluctance to accept friend requests here. Because I don't really consider anybody here a friend... yet.
If you're still reading this, then hear me out. If you have some sort of social media thing where there are "friends" involved (Facebook, MySpace, etc.), go through the list. Look at them and see if you would entrust them with a deep secret of yours. I'm sure it will bring light to the relationships between the two of you.
Bah. I doubt it will change. But at least I can state my mind, right?
TL;DR: Friends are people you should trust, not someone you pass in the hall.
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