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Google+ and the friends v acquaintances debate
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Google+ and the friends v acquaintances debate

The much-hyped arrival of the Google+ social networking site throws open the debate on the difference between friends and acquaintances. So where is the line?

"If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone," said Samuel Johnson. "A man should keep his friendships in constant repair."

The comment takes on new meaning in the Facebook era when it's common for people to have hundreds of "friends". But they're not friends in the conventional sense.

The main novelty of Google+ is that it requires users to arrange their contacts in different categories or "circles". A new member is given the default settings of Friends, Family or Acquaintance and encouraged to create new circles under headings of their own choosing.

Facebook aficionados would point out that it has always been possible to create groups on Facebook, but some can find it slightly fiddly. Google+ seems to push the user down this route so that they target messages at particular contacts.

"I can see the logic of Google's split. Friends and family are quite insulated groups from each other, who you relate to in different ways," says Prof Robin Dunbar, author of How Many Friends Does One Person Need?

He argues that beyond a core group of 150 people - made up of "intimates", family members, and friends - what one is really talking about are "nodding acquaintances"
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There are also some purely human factors at work here which depend upon personality.  Outside of my immediate family I have only two people whom I would regard as close friends with a couple of others coming close.

Of course there are many people with whom I am friendly to a greater or lesser degree and with whom the relationship goes beyond casual aquaintance.  And there are one or two people whom I only know on line but with whom I have developed quite a close relationship which may be spoiled were we ever to meet!

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And there are one or two people whom I only know on line but with whom I have developed quite a close relationship which may be spoiled were we ever to meet!


I am happy to say that the online friends I have met in person have turned out to be real life friends too - as you know, I even went on a road trip this year with one of them, which was fantastic fun. The looks on people's faces when we admitted to meeting online were priceless!

So don't worry about spoilers - I think talking online both speeds up and deepens the friendship process.


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