Real Friends vs. Fake Friends: 20 Ways to Tell the Difference

How do you tell a real friend from a fake friend? Let us count the ways!
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Real Friends vs. Fake Friends: 20 Ways to Tell the Difference

How do you tell a real friend from a fake friend? Let us count the ways!

-The Betty Editors


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If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that friends are awesome. During the good times and the bad, through thick and through thin, your best pals are there for you—and you’re there for them. But sometimes, friends may turn out to be “friends.” You know: Those poisonous relationships that look great on the surface, but leave you feeling all icky underneath. So how do you tell these fake friends from your real friends? We’ve put together a handy guide to help you figure it out. If you’ve got anyone that fits one or more of these profiles, get rid of them, stat! The last thing you need in your life is the sort of negativity that arises from that sort of relationship. Embrace the positive—your real friends will help you do it!

1. A fake friend will expect you to drop everything for her if disaster strikes, but will brush you off if the same thing happens to you. A real friend is there for you just as much as you’re there for her.

2. A real friend makes time for you because she genuinely adores hanging out with you. A fake friend will only make plans with you if her other, “better” plans fall through. (PS: You’re totally better than her other plans!)

3. A real friend will help you look your hottest for a big night out. A fake friend will help you look hot—as long as she thinks she looks hotter.

4. If a fake friend asks you to help her move, she makes you do all the heavy lifting and then refuses to lift a finger when you ask her for the same favor in return. A real friend not only helps you move unasked, but also helps you pick out the best color paint for your walls—and has a painting party with you to get the work done!

5. If you say you need some space, a real friend will give it to you. A fake friend will either crowd your or start bad-mouthing you behind your back—or both.

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5 thoughts on “Real Friends vs. Fake Friends: 20 Ways to Tell the Difference

  1. since lot fake friends are in facebook clique,,orgaznized all over…tried help selves look good make up lies took $ for setting up,etc……the fake friends spent years helping their friend who slept with their husbands when i never slept with them…..the fake friends who when one helped me greatly and i repaid ofered money,,they not took and complained…the fake friends who when had a car never took me for help when bleeding injured…..the fake friend who abusive mentally because i had 40 more $ when i ill with cancer, accidents……yet charmed others put on show… others help them, yet not helped back one died because they turned their back,,fake friend who i had tried to help but repaid by taking me low when injured put with bad people, drugged ,,manipilated child away and killed my father…..fake friend who let selves got with mutual enemy ones not told truth,,,..when they knew how good we were, how bad others were………fake friend who organized on net and facebook,,all over with enemies took money gifts to make up lies, set up,,on tape, killed some real good real friends…………influenced others,,,got support of political opponents,,networks,,,,where real ones???help for go about……was wonderful good got with,,,,

  2. im fucking tired of fake people plus friends fuck them all i aint give a shit just move on every buddy dont ever give a attention who ever u think is a fake shit,,,,, . thinks for all this about fake shit ……

  3. Here's one: We moved to the same city (3 years ago) around the time several other guys coincidentally did. We were put in touch with one another by a guy we all happened to know, who lives somewhere else. They knew a few other guys, so we've ended up with this group of about eight. We don't have as much in common with them as they do amongst themselves. It's like an artificial friendship. They may talk about things about which we can't really contribute. Unlike most of them, we don't go on cruises or make many trips…we don't eat out regularly…we have kind of a different lifestyle than they do. (Plus, we smoke, and are the only ones who do…kind of an elephant in the room.) We usually meet once a week at a bar, plus other occasional times, and now they're wanting to add monthly lunches. This stuff seems important to one in particular, who has said more than once how lucky we all are to have met each other through the guy. It's usually small talk. I doubt any of them could write a paragraph about me…I doubt they even know my prior occupations…or where I was born. I know much more about them. Sooo…I'm making excuses, white lies, so far, and have gotten out of two lunches and a dinner within three weeks…not necessarily cheap places at all. You can't just like somebody because they know someone you do…you can't "arrange" it. I don't get the point. Hopefully we will make some friends, on our own, with whom we have some stuff in common. Thanks for reading!

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