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Old 04-13-2015, 12:52 PM
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Originally Posted by Escort Rider View Post
One thing that has come up only tangentially in this thread so far is how we define "friends".
Differentiating between acquaintances, friends and close friends was dicey enough before social media. Just ask anyone who's had to send out wedding invitations. The truth is that whatever feeling you have for them is not always reciprocated in measure. There's always someone who is deeply hurt they weren't invited to the wedding and someone who is outraged because they think you're attempting a gift grab based on a mere acquaintance.

Facebook took an already uncertain situation and blew it sky-high. The word "friend" could mean anything now, including people you've never even met. This is one of the reasons I avoid Facebook. I believe words have definite meanings. Those meanings are our social cues. The need for social cues hasn't changed.
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:33 PM
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post
... We have talked a lot in recent years about this very subject: difficulty in making new friends as we age. My best friend departed for the Pacific Northwest years ago. There has been no replacing her, though I've tried. We wonder if we're asking too much of people. The last woman I was friends with started cheating on her husband and wanted to make me complicit. Then she was working to facilitate an another woman's affair with a minor male. Here at least I'm certain ending the friendship was the right thing to do. Other times it is less clear.

We plan to move out of California in two to three years, probably to Arizona because the people are friendlier and I need a change of scenery. I'm trying to be realistic about making new friends there. And because I work at home and don't see many people on a day-to-day basis, I'm practicing my conversational skills on the people I do come into contact with.
Sorry about your situation. I know guys whose bro needs continue for life-long and it's an important thing to them. If it's any comfort to your husband, if it wasn't his situation that broke up the group, it would have been something else. It's pretty unrealistic to think that adults can continue this group activity ad infinitum.

As for the sentence in your post I bolded, that's happened to me, too. The cheater was a very dear friend of mine. I'm not religious and I realize that people have affairs. But the manner in which this one was conducted made me feel the couple in question lacked morals and were really hurting their individual families. Breaking off the friendship was my attempt to get the see the reality of their situation. It didn't work but I've not regretted losing the friendship. I miss my friend terribly but I also think my former opinion wasn't realistic.

I also lost a friend when the man she was dating behaved in a very abusive manner to her. She understood he was wrong and was bad for her. She had a PhD, for heaven's sake. But she was addicted and just couldn't bring herself to drop him. Instead, she dropped me (the person who was literally protecting her) and went ahead and married him. Needless to say, he ordered her to keep me out of her life. Another very sad loss for me but one I couldn't really do anything about.
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Old 04-13-2015, 02:15 PM
Location: in the miseries
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Originally Posted by VJDAY81445 View Post
someone said as they get older that they want young friends.

QUESTION.........when you were young, how many older people did you take the time/effort to develop a friendship with ?
A lot!

My neighbors and many 80 to 90'year olds.
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Old 04-13-2015, 05:31 PM
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I think the article is a crock of $hit.

I've made friends all my life that I've had since I've made them.

I am fortunate that I have so many wonderful people in my life!
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:19 PM
Location: Prescott AZ
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Good for you Blue Heron~ What is your secret?

As for me, my daughter who is 28 years younger than I am is my best friend. I have 3 other very good friends who know me from high school and I could share anything with them, but they are scattered across the US. I just don't make friends easily and in the past, have been "burned" by people whom I thought were my friends, and stabbed me in the back. So, living here is not what I would choose but she (and her hubby) are here, so I stay. Sometimes you meet people at meet up groups that you click with. The thing is, you have to nurse the relationship if you want to keep it. It's just not like high school was !!!!!
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:59 PM
Location: Midland, MI
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Knowing a lot of older people who lost most of their friends, I realize we all need to have some younger friends!
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:34 PM
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I've always had "older" friends. In high school I hung out with my older sister and her friends. The people my age were not as fun. They were more into trying to find someone to go steady with rather than just hang out in groups, which is much more fun. They would stay at home on weekends with the current boyfriend under the watchful eyes of their parents - blech. We had boyfriends, but we didn't sit at home with chaperones.

Now I hang out with even older sisters and their friends. I have been branching out because I think that this could be a hindrance later on in life. I know a lot of people, but I don't have close relationships with them like I do with my sisters. There are six of us! Five brothers too. Ready made friends. LOL
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:25 PM
Location: las vegas
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It is hard making friends nowadays. The older you get you see people with their friends that they've known since childhood. The friends you had in childhood seem to go their own way and forget about you. Overall its difficult keeping friendships and making friendships.
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