The Seven Types of Friendship

Data from a recent survey exploring friendship networks revealed that most of us, regardless of age, have cultivated a wide variety of social relationships. Here’s an overview of the specific friendship types that were explored:

1.   Lifelong Friends

2.   Best Friends

3.   Close Friends

4.   Social Group Friends (friends you socialize with but with whom you are not particularly close)

5.   Activity Friends (friends with whom you engage in specific activities, such as “gym buddies,” book club or dinner club, etc.)

6.   Friends of Convenience (the folks with whom you might share carpooling duties, youth sports team parents, neighborhood groups, and so on)

7.   Acquaintance Friends (people at work, people you see each day when you’re walking your dog, folks you know to speak to, but not about anything of consequence or especially personal)