My first phone had room to store 20 numbers - err slots with only two favorites allowed on two-touch dialing. The last few devices I owned had 200+ slots! That's a lot of contacts, and lot of FFs! My Blackberry Curve has unlimited room for contacts plus all the social networking apps you can fit on the memory card!
Today I have decided to take a look at 10 worst types of friends in your friendscape, and ways to cull your list - after all you're too busy for all this social-ism.
1 Promissory Friends - These are the folks that owe you a dinner, a time for coffee, or an obligatory let's get together. Apparently they have never learned that "getting together" requires a time, a date and a location - even one that is most convenient for them. They're easy to jettison, just pull out your PDA and ask what day is good for you?
2 "It's All About Me" Friends - They only call, or worse knock on the door, when they have run out of others to listen to their tales of woo. The first few dozen times you feel sorry for them. It doesn't take long, however; for them to suck the air out the room - even through the phone. And the good ones ask a leading question like, "how was your weekend?" just so they can tell you about theirs. Google phone numbers are very helpful in throwing them off the trail.
3 Fair Weather Friends - The old school opportunists. Some times called Friends with Costs, they only call if they need something - a rake, a ride to the airport at midnight, or help moving to their 5th apartment this year. Disabled voice mail is the best deterrent to this behavior - well, unless they happen to be your next door neighbor. Then your only hope is the Philadelphia Experiment (Project Rainbow)!
4 Once Removed Friends - These are friends that you've reconnected with after some period of time. For whatever reason, in a weak moment, you let them back on to your friendscape with hopes of a different ending. Getting rid of them once was good practice in case there is a next time.
5 Facebook Friends - These are folks that you've never met - they are avatars of friendship - perfect in every way. The problem is that Facebook has changed the user interface so many times, you can't figure out how to delete them.
6 Friends with Benefits - Friends in which you have a non-committed sexual relationship with. Ending these is easy, stop supplying the benefit.
7 Rotten Friends - I am kind of a pack-rat. I mean I have clothes older than my kids. It is the same with friends. I have a long list of folks which I have met over the years. To cut down on the clutter, I have tried to toss anything that I haven't used in a year. The same is true of friends, if I haven't heard from them in a year - sianara. Like old peppers on the back shelf of the fridge, they're gone.
8 Stupid Friends - These are the people that you've known for years at work, at church, and in business. Sometimes they're entertaining - well in small doses. They can't seem to call you by your preferred name. Hey John - umm - no it's David. Right, Dave, good to see you again. Picture a bomb going off underwater and this guy floating to the surface surrounded by a few dead pickerel.
9 Toxic Friends - You befriended them in hopes of pursuing a common interest together - and then stupidly became roommates! These folks are certain to drag you down by blaming and abusing you while they mindlessly pursue some sort of addiction. It's never easy to end one of these without getting a new lease on life and on a new apartment.
10 Distant Friends - These folks are like distant relatives - there is a reason why they are distant. Sometimes it's hard to put enough distance between you and these folks. There just doesn't seem to be room on the planet for them to find a new circle of friends. And worse, as their other friends die off, grow bored or go insane trying to avoid them, they move closer to you. Name changes are very effective here.
An there you have it. That should get you down to the folks that care about you the most in life. And by the way, if you are one of those types of friends, do everyone a favor, and stop.
What kind of friend are you?