What are your friendships like?
For all our discussion of the diversity of kinds of relationships, I often suspect there’s a lot of hidden diversity even in “ordinary” relationships like friendships. So I’ll show the cards in my hand, and you can show yours.
My conception of “friend” matches up fairly well with the concept given by Facebook. I consider lots of people friends, even if we only met a few times and never talk to each other. Except that maybe there’s a slim chance that when one of us posts something on Facebook, the other will scroll past it.
I make a lot of friends by networking through meetup groups or student groups. There’s always a steady trickle of new people, and some of them I get to know better. Usually I stay part of these groups for much longer than anyone else, because I like making friends that way. As a result, I have a lot of dormant friendships with former members of these groups.