What is a friend? According to Facebook, it’s anyone who asks you to become one; if you are a user you probably have fifty, a hundred, a thousand friends! Did you know that on average we each have130 network site friends each, but only two close non-family confidants.
If ever a word has become devalued over the past few years then ‘friend’ must be at the top of the heap. It has certainly undergone a mighty revolution! Even that most august of publications the Oxford English Dictionary now lists one meaning of the word friend as ‘a contact on a social networking site’ immediately after ‘a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual relations or family’. Interestingly, it is placed between fried and frieze which I suppose is quite fitting since friendships tend often to blow hot and cold! (That works better spoken than spelled)
They say that a friend in need is a friend indeed, so if any of my hoard of Facebook friends are reading this right now I could do with a bit of extra cash, so let’s put our friendship to the test!