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Do you enjoy having a wide circle of acquaintances?

Asked by Highbrow (366 points ) December 5th, 2012

Do you feel better off alone or with lots of people?

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zensky's avatar

Very few.
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Mirage's avatar

Not especially, although I always end up having a lot it seems. I do like my space & alone time, fer sure.

picante's avatar

Welcome to Fluther! I have an extensive circle of professional acquaintances, and I enjoy that immensely. On the personal side, I’ve always preferred a few very close friends that I see rather infrequently. I suppose absence makes the heart grow fonder. I am a bit of a loner and generally enjoy my solitude; but there are times when I love to be in a large group and enjoy the hilarity that ensues.

janbb's avatar

My friends make my life bearable and worth living which is not to say that I need to be around them all the time.

burntbonez's avatar

I do enjoy a wide circle of real life acquaintances. I am not big on virtual social networking. My only problem is I can’t remember names. But I’ve learned how to make a joke about that and have never really been shamed for it. Most people understand.

Coloma's avatar

No. Quality over quantity.
I have become very discriminating about who I desire to spend time with in my middle age.
My best friend is my daughter at this time, not because she is my daughter but because she is the only person I know that enjoys conversing about the things I am interested in. We can go on forever, it’s great! Bonus, breed your own best friend. lol

boxer3's avatar

Depends on the day I need my alone time and like doing things for and by myself a lot of the time, though I appreciate how many different types of people I encounter and connect with and enjoy others’ company.

gailcalled's avatar

I know a lot of people to chat with or nod to or gossip with at the post office or Ralph’s Pretty Good Cafe (seats 20). I have very few real friends and cherish them. One is ill, one is traveling in Australia and New Zealand, and I note their absence.

It’s more difficult to make good friends as I age; trying to exchange the long histories of our lives, rather than having shared much or some of them, is increasingly more fatiguing.

Having my sis and her husband live really nearby is a gift.

wundayatta's avatar

I have many acquaintances. Or not. How am I to know how many others have? If I look up social networking, it seems like people have thousands of friends, and I have only around one hundred. Do I have so few because I don’t spend much time there, or do I not spend much time there because I have so few? Or do I not spend time there because it is really boring?

I think, like most people, I prefer interesting and in-dept relationships. One on one. I’d prefer to be in love, actually, because that’s the only time I find I get to the really interesting stuff in a relationship. I don’t like barriers between me and others, and unless we’re in love, there always seems to be barriers. Of course, you can’t love everyone—all your friends, but I find that really puts distance between me and others, and generally I feel lonely. This world was not made for me. It really is a kind of “what’s the point” sort of thing.

Leanne1986's avatar

I would prefer a handful of close friends than a large amount of aquaintances. A friend (to me) is someone that I could call in the middle of the night for help because my car had broken down or something, I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing that with mere aquaintances. I also strive to be the type of person that someone can call in the middle of the night for help myself.

ucme's avatar

I prefer it if it’s a square, less dizzying then see.

gailcalled's avatar

@Leanne1986: You make an excellent. Cailing and being called at 3:00 AM with any kind of crisis is, indeed, at the top of my list. Thanks for reminding me.

Shippy's avatar

I like to be alone most of the time. But a wide circle of acquaintances can bode a person well.

gailcalled's avatar

edit; “You make an excellent point…”

janbb's avatar

@gailcalled I preferred filling in the blank. “You make an excellent”...doorstop.

gailcalled's avatar

^^^ Or, you make an excellent hot fudge sundae.

janbb's avatar

Oy! don’t remind me of the wonderful summer indulgences.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

From a distance, yes.

AshLeigh's avatar

I don’t really have a lot of friends. There are few people who really know me.
Mainly, I have people in two categories: those I can stand, and those I can’t.
If I feel like talking to someone, I always have people I can spend time with. If I feel like being alone I can.

jonsblond's avatar

I enjoy having a wide circle of acquaintances and a small circle of friends. There’s a sense of community that you get when your local grocery cashier, bank teller and mailman recognize you and greet you with a smile and small talk. It’s comforting. I can count on one hand the amount of good friends I have. Friends take time and effort. There is a difference between friends and acquaintances.

rooeytoo's avatar

No, I am and always have been a loner, I enjoy the company of my mate and my critters. I have one very close friend in the USA, we have known each other for about 30 years now. I have other friends but I don’t really seem to “need” the association, it is just nice sometimes to chat for the fun of it.

gailcalled's avatar

^^^ Milo here: I hope you mean me when you take about a close stateside friend.

rooeytoo's avatar

^indubitably

gailcalled's avatar

Milo here; Gail made the typo. It’s supposed to be ” when you talk about…”.

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