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Friday Freewrite #15 – Friends and Acquaintances

September 23, 2011

Freewriting is an exercise in timed, stream of consciousness writing. It’s a fun and useful activity for writers of all types. Every week, I’ll provide a prompt as a springboard for freewriting. For more information on what freewriting is all about and how to do it, see this post.

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Today’s prompt is a question:

What is the difference between a friend and an acquaintance?

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I hope this prompt has stirred some interesting thoughts and ideas for you! Freewriting is inherently messy and sometimes deeply personal, but if you feel comfortable sharing your results, please post as little or as much as you’d like in the comments.

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  1. September 24, 2011 8:27 pm

    Briefly, I think a a friend is someone with whom you have established mutual trust. An acquaintance is a person you have established communication or a relationship with, but as yet no trust (or necessarily mistrust) exists: kind of an anti-trust situation.

    Sorry I’m not expounding. I be tired and headache-y, but good question!

    • Anita M. King permalink*
      October 6, 2011 7:11 pm

      Trust is so, so important in a friendship. It’s not friendship without it.

  2. September 25, 2011 7:53 pm

    A friend is someone you really know and spend time with. An acquaintance is someone you might recognize and know the name of, but you don’t talk much, just the occasional hello.
    For example I have over 200 “friends” on facebook, but in reality most of them should be labeled “acquaintances” because I rarely see or talk to them.
    Acquaintances can become friends, and sometimes friends can become acquaintances.

    • Anita M. King permalink*
      October 6, 2011 7:12 pm

      That’s a good point about Facebook friends. Most of them really aren’t. But (and this is coming from a very strong introvert) I think it’s possible to remain friends with someone even if you don’t get as many chances as you might like to interact with them.

      • October 6, 2011 7:25 pm

        I have a few people who used to be my best friends who chose not to speak to me any more, and when I try to talk to them or arrange time to hang out they don’t want to. That’s what I meant when I said friends can become acquaintances. In other words, we used to hang out all the time and now, despite having opportunities to chat and hang out all we do is say “hi” occasionally.

      • Anita M. King permalink*
        October 6, 2011 9:37 pm

        Yes, that’s certainly a different situation than what I was thinking.

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