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2012-10-17 05:02:52 PM  
Depends. Do you talk to this person regularly or have you had no contact during those years?
 
2012-10-17 05:03:02 PM  
I don't have enough friends to make that kind of distinction. If someone says hello to me, I immediately add them to my BFF scrap book.
 
2012-10-17 05:03:46 PM  
Time is somewhat frozen for me. Everyone is always as I last saw them.
 
2012-10-17 05:04:45 PM  
Nope. I have friends who I haven't talked to in months -- and if I called them right now, it'd be like we just saw each other yesterday. I have some really great friends.
 
2012-10-17 05:06:49 PM  
It depends on how good friends we were before that time. If we were the best of friends, everything's back to normal. If we were people who occasionally hung out, then that's a different situation.
 
2012-10-17 05:07:18 PM  
No. I have friends I haven't talked to in years, they are still friends, it gets to the point of 'what is there to say?' if they need me they can reach me, if i need them for something, I can reach them.

/what else is there to say?
 
2012-10-17 05:09:14 PM  
Depends on the friend.

And thanks to facebook, I keep in touch with a lot more people than I normally would, even if I haven't seen them in years.

Like my friend at the Los Alamos National Lab. They gave him nuclear material. Without facebook, I wouldn't go to bed terrified knowing the government let a potential super villain handle plutonium.
 
2012-10-17 05:09:25 PM  
Just because I don't talk to some people regularly doesn't mean that we're not close friends. They've got their own lives, just as I have mine.
 
2012-10-17 05:10:42 PM  

syrynxx: Time is somewhat frozen for me. Everyone is always as I last saw them.


Anterograde amnesia?
 
2012-10-17 05:14:09 PM  
What is friend?
 
2012-10-17 05:23:56 PM  
Are they hot?
 
2012-10-17 05:25:44 PM  
It depends. In most situations, yes, I still consider them friends.
 
2012-10-17 05:26:11 PM  
I switch their ringtone to "Somebody That I Used to Know" after 8 months.
 
2012-10-17 05:36:34 PM  
I have several old friends that all fall into different categories. One was my best friend from sixth grade until I left for the Marines. Since then, he's gotten very weird and as odd as it is to say, I can't till which of us was the one that changed and which of us was the one that stayed the same.

Others, I still talk to ranging from monthly to every 6-8 months and every time we talk it's like we just saw each other a few days ago.
 
2012-10-17 05:37:03 PM  
Considering that I've gotten back home to see family and friends about once every five years on average, I'd say no, they don't get bumped down.
 
2012-10-17 05:38:21 PM  

btrflykate: Nope. I have friends who I haven't talked to in months -- and if I called them right now, it'd be like we just saw each other yesterday. I have some really great friends.


Pretty much this for me too.
 
2012-10-17 05:39:24 PM  
I have a few friends that I might not talk to for months at a time or longer, but if we see each other, we're getting a beer and cutting up like we just saw each other yesterday.
 
2012-10-17 05:39:35 PM  
Now that I think about it, I might make some distinction as to whether I've previously inseminated said person in some fashion or not.
 
2012-10-17 05:50:35 PM  
Depends on the friend & on the level of "in-touch-ness." Two of my best friends moved away like 5 years ago and i still consider them close, if not best, but I wouldn't downgrade them to acquaintance, even though I don't talk to one nearly enough.
 
2012-10-17 05:52:00 PM  
Never.

I have friends that I don't get to see for many years at a time. When we do see each other, it's like we never skipped a beat.
 
2012-10-17 05:53:38 PM  
A long time ago, we used to be friends, but I haven't thought of you lately at all...
 
2012-10-17 05:59:58 PM  

fusillade762: A long time ago, we used to be friends, but I haven't thought of you lately at all...



Goddamnit, now I'm agry again about the cancellation of Veronica Mars. I thought I'd gotten over that.
 
2012-10-17 06:24:58 PM  
depends on how good of friends we were and why we drifted.
 
2012-10-17 06:30:01 PM  
Wait, there's a FarkUs tab?
 
2012-10-17 06:30:07 PM  
Genreally I would categorize them as deceased.
 
2012-10-17 06:34:53 PM  
I have a very complex and detailed system of rating my friendships. There are means to increase or decrease your ranking should you be so inclined.

Pickles may or may not be part of those means!
 
2012-10-17 06:38:34 PM  

Sir Cumference the Flatulent: Considering that I've gotten back home to see family and friends about once every five years on average, I'd say no, they don't get bumped down.


I was thinking the same. I see my parents about every two years and I don't downgrade them. I have friends I haven't seen in person in ten years because I don't go overseas much and they don't come to the US much. We're still friends.

/reminds me that I need to email back a friend who just had his first kid. in japan.
 
2012-10-17 06:39:12 PM  

themindiswatching: Wait, there's a FarkUs tab?


What is that? I scanned the FArQ but couldn't find anything. Maybe I didn't scan hard enough.
 
2012-10-17 06:51:23 PM  

Hiro Nakamura: themindiswatching: Wait, there's a FarkUs tab?

What is that? I scanned the FArQ but couldn't find anything. Maybe I didn't scan hard enough.


All I know is that it said [FarkUs] next to the headline in TFD.
 
2012-10-17 06:54:18 PM  

themindiswatching: Hiro Nakamura: themindiswatching: Wait, there's a FarkUs tab?

What is that? I scanned the FArQ but couldn't find anything. Maybe I didn't scan hard enough.

All I know is that it said [FarkUs] next to the headline in TFD.


Go look at the Greenlit threads tab.
 
2012-10-17 06:56:26 PM  

CraicBaby: Go look at the Greenlit threads tab.


Oh neat.

/will have to submit stuff there one day.
 
2012-10-17 06:57:51 PM  

CraicBaby: Go look at the Greenlit threads tab


Ah, thanks!
 
2012-10-17 07:03:57 PM  
If they helped me win a fight, bury a body, or do something otherwise illegal, it's the same.
 
If they we dated the same girl at any point, or were in a fight before becoming friends, or went back in time to kill Hitler together, then they're still on good solid friendship ground.
 
If they were in my fourth period biology class and we went on one class ski trip together, they slip down on the acquaintance list.
 
2012-10-17 07:10:46 PM  
We're talking about fark buddies here, aren't we?
 
2012-10-17 07:21:37 PM  
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Friiiiieeeend
 
2012-10-17 07:26:37 PM  
No. Friends are friends to the end. Or until they bang your spouse/daughter/son/dog.
 
2012-10-17 08:05:24 PM  
Yep. Still friends.

/what the hell is "Farkus"?
 
2012-10-17 08:13:01 PM  
Nope. A friend is always a friend.
 
2012-10-17 08:30:50 PM  
www.aerojockey.com
(get it?)
 
2012-10-17 10:26:53 PM  

feckingmorons: Genreally I would categorize them as deceased.


Scenario: They do the same. Then one day you run into them.

Me: "Whoa, like, dude, are we dead? Is this heaven?"
Him: "No, this is Florida."
Me: "Damn. I shoulda gone to church more often."
 
2012-10-18 01:36:09 AM  
Why? Why is this greenlit?
 
2012-10-18 08:53:03 AM  

Somacandra: Now that I think about it, I might make some distinction as to whether I've previously inseminated said person in some fashion or not.


When they f*cking friend you on FB even though you haven't spoken to them since years before, the night you stopped talking to them. \o/ right after you notched your bedpost, threw their clothes into the hallway and locked the door when they rushed out naked to get them.

/i just can't stand dumb b*tches
 
2012-10-18 11:39:44 AM  
I go by the thought that I no longer have friends. No one has tried to contact me in years.
 
2012-10-18 01:41:47 PM  
If you just go by how many years since you've seen someone in person, then my dad's just an acquaintance. :( He's afraid of flying and I can't afford it, and both of us are too awkward to talk on skype more than 2 or 3 times a year. Saving up for a summer visit.
 
2012-10-18 02:39:39 PM  
Were they "spitters" or "swallowers"?
 
2012-10-18 04:08:51 PM  
Depends on how much alcohol we drank together.
 
2012-10-18 10:07:53 PM  
Depends. Most of them - acquaintance or "friend from long ago". One guy though, I could call him up, we could meet for coffee for the first time in 7 years, and it'd be like no time has passed. We've known each other since 2nd grade. We leave each other alone, but are there to listen when asked for.
 
2012-10-18 10:10:24 PM  

Lucky LaRue: I don't have enough friends to make that kind of distinction. If someone says hello to me, I immediately add them to my BFF scrap book.

 

memecrunch.com
 
2012-10-19 11:39:20 AM  
They usually stay friends. If we haven't talked because they're somehow ticked off at me, I'll respect their wishes and cross them off, though.
 
2012-10-20 02:25:02 PM  
My sense of the meaning of my relations to people is not based on, or related to, how often or how recently we talk.
 
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