View Poll Results: How many friends do you have?

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  • I can count my friends on the fingers of my hand.

    44 78.57%
  • between 5 and 10

    7 12.50%
  • between 10 and 20

    2 3.57%
  • between 20 and 30

    1 1.79%
  • between 30 and 50

    2 3.57%
  • more than 50

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Thread: The Nature and Value of Friendship

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    I was thinking as I read this thread that I could count all the true friends I have had on one hand. I have the same issue with friends being far away and not visiting. It is hard when you must always go to them. My friends and family are mostly a 7 hour drive. I have some middle friends who are only 1- 3 hours away.

    It makes me appreciate places like BuB:bub and the Althing even more. They do not replace deep friendships but do quite a bit to lighten my days.
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    Roomate and Friends?

    What's the differences between roommate and friends?
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    You choose your friends, but you don't choose your roomate?
    A roomate isn't necessarily a friend.

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    Both can be one's bedmates though.
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    The difference is you can kick your friends out when they get annoying
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    I don't get the question....is it rhetorical?

    A friend does not have to be a roomate as a roomate does not have to be a friend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwordOfTheVistula View Post
    The difference is you can kick your friends out when they get annoying
    Well, I kick both friends and roommates if they annoy me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bärin View Post
    You choose your friends, but you don't choose your roomate?
    A roomate isn't necessarily a friend.
    I choose both.

    A friend can be a roommate and a roommate can be a friend?
    :Überschöpfung:



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    Friends are usually fun, roomates aren't. I like to have a bit of privacy.

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    Under present conditions I don't have room for a roommate (Since practicaly all but a few closests are filled with books), but I do got friends.

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    What's the Ideal Number of Friends?

    What's the ideal number of friends?


    The more friends you have, the more you earn, says a study. But modern life can allow little time to maintain meaningful relationships, so what's the optimum number of friends?

    It's widely accepted that friendships are invaluable to the soul but few of us were aware that they could also boost the bank account.

    A study of 10,000 US students over a period of 35 years suggests the wealthiest people are those that had the most friends at school. Each extra schoolfriend added 2% to the salary.

    The researchers said this was because the workplace is a social setting and those with the best social skills prosper in management and teamwork.

    If a wide circle of friends is taken as a popularity indicator, does that mean the more you have the more successful and happy you are? Or can you have too many? What is the best number?

    The average number is about 150, says leading anthropologist Robin Dunbar.

    It may sound like a lot, but think of your Christmas card list - 50 cards to 50 couples = 100 friends.

    "It's the number of people that you know as persons and you know how they fit into your social world and they know how you fit into theirs. They are a group of people to which you have an obligation of friendship."

    They usually consist of an inner circle of five "core" people and an additional layer of 10, he says. That makes 15 people - some will probably be family members - who are your central group and then outside that, there's another 35 in the next circle and another 100 on the outside. And that's one person's social world.

    Friendships help us develop as people, says Mark Vernon, author of The Philosophy of Friendship, but the very term "friend" covers a whole range of relationships. You have a very close friendship with your partner but with others it may just be a common interest or history or simply children the same age.

    "Aristotle said friends must have eaten salt together and what he meant is there's a sense that people have lived a significant part of their life together. They've sat down and shared meals and the ups and downs of life.

    "You really have to have mulled over things with them to become really good friends and there's only so many people you can do that with.

    "You can have friends because of what you do together or enjoy something together like football or shopping, but they're not as profound friends as those who you love for themselves because of something in their character. And it doesn't matter what you're doing with them, even sitting alone in a room.".....

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7920434.stm

    How many friends do you have? What do you believe the ideal number of friends is?


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