Prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: acquaint and/or friend.
What does it really mean to be a friend? As short as twenty years ago, it wasn’t a hard word to define. You had best friends, you had friends, you had acquaintances. Or so I’ve been told.
Now, there are not only so many types of friends (Facebook friends, twitter friends, video game friends, online friends (who may or may not fall into any of the previous categories), etc.), no one uses the word acquaintance anymore. How many of the people you’re ‘friends’ with in really life are your actual friends? Sometimes the people I spend time with playing video games with seem like better friends to me than the people I’ll hang out with at the bar. It’s not true for all of my friends, but for some.
And what about all of those so-called Facebook friends? On the other end of the spectrum, I know I have friends on there that are people I knew in high school from across the room from some class I barely remember the details of. People I wasn’t actually friends with when I was there, and people I most likely will never want to catch up with. I hated high school. I find that’s usually true of people who don’t mind real life. I don’t mind it.
I guess what I’m saying is that the definition for ‘friends’ has become a bit blurry, and I can’t remember the last time I had a set definition for who in my life the term actually referred to, if I ever did.
To put it into perspective, I think the word ‘friend’ has come to mean so little (or too many things, depending on how you look at it), that even though I like to think my grammar and spelling is generally on par without the need for spell check, is still had to correct myself from typing ‘freind’ more than once.
This post is part of SoCS: http://lindaghill.com/2015/02/27/special-edition-friday-prompt-for-socs-february-2815/
P.S. On a completely unrelated note, can someone let me know how the background looks to them? It looks pretty good to me, but I’m pretty sure the box is going to shift for someone with a different sized screen…