Sometimes, it’s hard to know if you are friends with someone. I get it. Maybe because, like Julia, I too am socially awkward, but really, aren’t we all at least just a little bit? So, to help you with your social struggles, I have outlined a guide here that will help you determine just how good of friends you are with someone.
1. Strangers: You don’t know these people at all. You are not friends and likely have never spoken. Stop waving to them.
2. The Might-as-well-be-strangers: This category probably consists of people you know vaguely from your past, but haven’t spoken to since grade ten French class. It’s okay, you can delete them off of facebook.
3. The Purely Social Media Pal: These people are your friends on facebook, but you’d probably never speak to them in real life. Stop lying to yourself, you know you only have them on facebook so that you can creep their incredibly embarrassing and shameful pictures. We all do it, you’re not alone.
4. Almost-Acquaintances: You know this person in real life as well as from facebook. When you see them in public, you should smile, wave, or even say hello. If they ignore you it’s just because they’re tools. Don’t worry, you did the right thing.
5. Actual-Acquaintances: You’ve had classes with these people or you used to work with them at Tim Horton’s in high school. When you see them in real life, you can talk to them and have a real conversation. You like this person, but maybe you don’t want to be their best friend. That’s totally fine.
6. The Friend-of-the-friend: This catetory of people is somewhat tricky, I admit. You have not made this friend on your own, but have instead been introduced by a mutual friend. In these particular cases, when you encounter a friend-of-the-friend in public, wave or smile and take it from there. Sometimes, without the presence of your shared friend, this friendship will fall flat, much like a beauty contestant’s hair without volumizing shampoo. Other times, you will become good friends with this person on your rights. It’s a chance thing.
7. Work/Class Friends: You will eat lunch with these people at work or chat with them about your mutual hatred for your psych prof before class starts. They’re nice people and you enjoy their company. Maybe you’d go see a movie with them or facebook during an episode of The Bachelor, but all in all, these people are not some of your best friends.
8. The “Good” Friend: You hang out with this person on a semi-regular basis and you will always invite them to your birthday party. When it comes down to it, you will comment on this person’s facebook status. For the most part, you like them as a person and enjoy spending time with them. Or you actually don’t really care for them all that much, but they are under the impression that you’re one of their best friends. I’m sorry, there’s nothing you can do. When push comes to shove, you will probably have to invite this person to your wedding.
9. Real Friends: A real friend is someone you would gladly spend time with outside of work, school, zumba class, etc. These people will tell you if you have spinach in your teeth. They might laugh at you while they do it, but at least they cared enough to let you know.
10. Best Friends: There really isn’t much of a difference between a real friend and a best friend, unless you’re a fourth grader. If you want to get super technical, you probably just like these people a little more than a real friend. When it comes down to it, you will include a best friend in your wedding party, assuming that your husband-to-be doesn’t have seven sisters and a super close cousin that you need to include in order to keep his mother happy.