Do you have a best friend? Are you a member of a small circle (~4-6 people) of friends?
A very common set-up of TV sitcoms is basing the show around a small, enclosed circle of four to six young (20s and 30s) people in the city. Think Seinfeld, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and on and on. All the people in this group of friends are only in this one group of friends; they are all the closest friends of each other, and one character does not typically also belong to another similar circle of friends. (Just the very name of "Friends" demonstrates that the show, on some level, tries to define the entire concept of friendship as being a member of one of these self-enclosed circles.) For many reasons, this structure creates an efficient framework for storytelling -- but I'm wondering how many people have something similar in real life.
Another very common conceptual understanding of friendship is "best friends"; that is, two people who are each other's closest platonic companion. Of course, this doesn't necessarily work as neatly in real life as it is idealized -- see, for one of many examples, the title of this AskMefi: "She may be my best friend, but I'm not hers....
I'm thinking along these lines because, perhaps, I'm at a point in my life where I don't really have any
close friends. For example, I have no idea what I'll be doing this weekend, and no one is making plans to do something with *me* this weekend.
So a few questions:
1) Are you a member of a small circle of friends? What are they like? How did you meet? What do you do together?
2) Do you have a best friend? Does he or she consider you his or her best friend? How long have you known him or her?
3) Do you know who you will be hanging out with this weekend (or the next time you will have significant free time)?