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Old 12-06-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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How many friends do you have?

Not including family, DH really is my best friend (corny ). Not counting DH I only have 5 friends, 4 women and 1 man. These are friends that I miss when we're apart, but we can pick up conversations like we talk all the time.

How many friends do you have? I feel like my number is sadly low.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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Real friends? I'll go with 10 "good" friends probably split 50/50 male/female.. One best friend who've known since birth.. Then my husband fits some place in there..
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:12 PM   #3
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I have 10-15 friends that are "crap, I have an emergency in the middle of the night, I need help now" close enough that I could count on.

Then, I have at least another 20-30 people that I would consider "friends." Some closer than others.... but definitely more than just casual aquiantances.

I am a VERY outgoing person.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:40 PM   #4
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I'm very grateful to say I have a wonderful group of friends, were all friends with each other and hang out together a lot. At 35 that says a lot, I don't think most people my age have such a good community of people around them.

There are about 6 of us in the core group, plus one who is now teaching in Mongolia (another story!), 2 are a married couple, plus me and 3 other single women. We all live fairly close to each other, too. So thankful for that. When my boyfriend and I broke up, I called two of them, and they were over at my place within the hour. I couldn't imagine my life without them. Quality not quantity. But I'm very very grateful.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:56 PM   #5
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Honestly... 0.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:03 PM   #6
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Honestly... 0.
sounds about right here as well.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:15 PM   #7
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Not including family (I am very close to my parents) but my husband is really my one and only best friend. The same goes for him. We are both rather introverted and like it that way. We are friendly! We can be social, but we prefer to keep to ourselves. I have a 4 or 5 people I consider to be friends, but I really only talk to them occasionally since we moved out-of-state. I really don't feel much of a need to be really close to anyone but my husband, our children, and my parents.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:36 PM   #8
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:20 PM   #9
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I didnt have many friends growing up. I was pretty shy. I find it easier to make friends as I get older which I think is the opposite of most people's situation.

I tend to have different groups of friends and they normally dont co-mingle. I have my bff who I moved to Florida partly to be closer to her and her family. If I had an emergency that is who I would call and she would probably call me if she had one. Usually when I hang out with her its just us and her family, sometimes we hang out with one of her other friends M who I have hung out with alone also but I wouldnt consider M a close friend.

I have my friends that I go to Disney with. I am pretty close to some of them and stay at some of thier places when I am in town. I have brought one of my non disney friends to meet them once or twice.

I have some friends I used to work with and have since moved on to other jobs. We get together once or twice a month for lunch.

I have one friend that still lives in my old town that I usually talk to atleast once a day even if its just a text. And I still have other friends back home that I get together with when I come back to visit
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:29 PM   #10
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I'd have to say zero, too. There is no one that I would call in the middle of the night, other than two of my sisters. They are my best friends, but they live in Mississippi and Washington.
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:07 AM   #11
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Not including DH who is my closest friend, I have about 3 close friends and about 15 other regular friends. My husband has to network a lot for his job, so I always find myself meeting new people from all walks of life. It's very fun
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:49 AM   #12
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I have 10-15 friends that are "crap, I have an emergency in the middle of the night, I need help now" close enough that I could count on.

Then, I have at least another 20-30 people that I would consider "friends." Some closer than others.... but definitely more than just casual aquiantances.

I am a VERY outgoing person.
This is pretty spot-on with me, also. I sometimes feel that I have a "phone-a-friend" network. I know who to call for various things--if I need a kick in the backside, I have certain friends who know me who are more than happy to provide that service. If I need a shoulder, I know who to call. I am in recovery, so have my network of friends if I need support in that area. My partner is my very best friend, but not the only person I am close to. Besides that, I haven't known her for as long as I've known many of my friends. I also have people who will call me for whatever reason. I probably have more friends now than I've ever had. I am outgoing, but tend to be shy, so it doesn't always come natural to have a lot of friends.

Having said that, I do not think there is a right number of friends for anyone. As long as each of us are happy with our situation, I believe that's the right number. If we somehow feel as if we need more friends, that's something that can be worked on. Some of my friends have been friends for 20+ years and others I have just recently met. It's never too late to make a friend and I've found the best way to make them is by being a friend to someone else.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:19 PM   #13
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Can't even begin to count. My Wife and I participate in a lot of car related activities so we have friends literally all over the country. As far as local friends, people we visit with frequently within 50 miles, maybe 100?
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:25 PM   #14
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Honestly, not nearly as many as I used to. After I divorced and was raising two children on my own, I just didn't have time between work and the craziness of single parenthood. My children's school and sports activities dominated all of my free time. I can't fault my friends - they tried to keep in touch. They would ask me out, but I just didn't have the desire to go out, and I never had time to talk on the phone. Now fast forward 15 years - my son is in college, and my daughter isn't far behind. I'm starting to understand what empty nest syndrome is like, but now all of my friends are busy with their own lives and families. I have no one to blame but myself. If I had it to do over, I would force myself to let my friends into my life, no matter how busy, stressed, or depressed I became! I just forgot how important friends can be!
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:36 PM   #15
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Not including spouse or family I have 2 BFF, one in town, one over 1000 miles away. I ve known one 30+, the other 20+ yrs. I talk to them the most and spend time with the one alot shopping. ( our hobby!)

I also have 2 very good friends that I only see occasionally when the 3 of us get together for a lunch/drink date or maybe a picnic/b-day party.

I spend alot of time with my sister doing stuff and I have a cousin I love seeing, too.

In the case of my husband and I, we lost so many "friends to divorce". I can count 8 couples right now, more if I really thought hard.
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