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How many times should you hang out with friends while in a serious relationship?

My fiance and I seem to be in disagreement of how much time is "enough" to spend with friends. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2012 - 42 answers

It's easy: "Mom, meet Sock. Sock, this is my mom."

I have a great boyfriend who treats me really well, but we hardly ever hang out with his friends, except sometimes at parties. And even though he agrees that we're for (very) serious, he hasn't even mentioned the idea of introducing me to his parents. I have told him that I'm upset about the friend stuff. [more inside]
posted by sockity sock on Sep 13, 2012 - 37 answers

How do you tell someone who is cute to stop reminding people that they are cute?

I have a good friend who has a very annoying habit of reminding everyone around her that she is cute. In almost any context, she can bring out the "but I'm cute, so ..." phrase in to the conversation. It's very unattractive. She's relatively young (mid-20s) and maybe doesn't realize that that kind of thing can really be tacky. How can I help her? [more inside]
posted by peripatetic007 on Sep 13, 2012 - 56 answers

How to make friends?

Angry and lost. I don't know where to find people to connect to. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on Sep 9, 2012 - 35 answers

Stretched too thin...help!

Overwhelmed with parenthood/work/life...how am I supposed to manage everything? Am I being selfish? [more inside]
posted by andariel on Sep 8, 2012 - 30 answers

How do you judge how good a friend is?

How do you know if someone is a good friend to keep around? Is it judging them by their support or their company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2012 - 23 answers

What's a little friendly sexual competition amongst amigos?

How do I manage this potentially awkward social situation and win the girl? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Sep 5, 2012 - 14 answers

What's cash between friends?

Loaning money to friends is a bad idea... right? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Sep 4, 2012 - 33 answers

Should I pay $300 more for a plane ticket to Europe to keep the peace with friends?

Traveling to Europe with friends. They want to combine plane fares and split the ticket costs evenly. Problem: this means I'll be paying $300 more than what my round-trip ticket would cost if I bought it separately. Should I agree to it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2012 - 74 answers

Why did my friend stop talking?

Why do friends sometimes stop talking to you for no reason? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme on Aug 25, 2012 - 20 answers

I have feelings for my friend...how do I get out of the friend zone?

I started having feelings for my good friend and mustered up the courage to tell him, but he says he doesn't feel the same way, yet still wants to remain close friends. I'm not happy with that. How do I get out of the friend zone? Or should I just get over it? [more inside]
posted by impactsmoothie on Aug 13, 2012 - 31 answers

Friendship question...

I lost a close friend a week ago. Help me understand why and if it's salvageable. [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Jul 30, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I temporarily go through life without friends?

How do I cope with daily life without any friends? I feel like my latest attempts at making friends is going nowhere.. [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jul 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Can you honestly have platonic friends?

Is it possible to have platonic female/male friends? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme on Jul 22, 2012 - 61 answers

Pissing off prospective friends and alienating people since the 1980s

I pissed off a lot of people at a meetup. How can I patch things up with them and be friends, or is it even possible anymore and should I just give up? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Jul 22, 2012 - 90 answers

Where does young hipster Mr. Rogers hang out?

I don't know where to meet people who are smart but not arrogant about it, or smart and also socially functional. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2012 - 24 answers

Is this stereotype real or made-for-TV?

Is this stereotype real or made-for-TV? [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Jul 18, 2012 - 50 answers

How to choose between waiting and moving on?

At the moment, I find myself waiting for a friend to grow healthier (both emotionally and physically) on the off-chance that this growth will allow our friendship to turn romantic further on. Should I simply resign myself to friendship alone (do my level best to date other people, cement myself in her friend zone), or is there some long-term logic to what feels, right now, like madness? [more inside]
posted by trainsurfing on Jul 18, 2012 - 24 answers

How can I best deal with friends being stupid/excluding me, and maturely handle the situation?

How can I best deal with friends being stupid/excluding me, and maturely handle the situation? [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Jul 9, 2012 - 28 answers

Should twitter be for more than following hot women?

I'm bothered that my friend follows mostly hot girls on twitter; how do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2012 - 55 answers

Stop the Snark

A friend of mine recently started working at a gym. This gym offers "coaching" where employees/volunteers advise you on what to eat and your exercise habits. The issue with my friend is that she is constantly gossiping to me about clients and their weight/eating issues/laziness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2012 - 24 answers

I'm always the last to know about get-togethers with my friends

I've noticed lately that some new friends I've met last year via a social anxiety meetup group make plans for getting together amongst themselves and then inform me at the last minute, after all the plans have been made. This bothers me and I don't know why it's happening. Any insights on what I could do to handle it without sounding like a whiny child? [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Jul 4, 2012 - 23 answers

Facebook: my worst friend, my best enemy

I’m not on Facebook because, frankly, I didn’t have very many friends on the site and it was embarrassing. So I deleted the account. But now I’m reconsidering… [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2012 - 52 answers

Is it okay to renege on a date that you didn't know was a date?

Is it ever okay to renege on a date if you didn't know it was a date in the first place? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Jul 2, 2012 - 55 answers

Can you really be friends with a polyamorous and flirtatious ex?

Can you really be friends with a polyamorous and flirtatious ex? [more inside]
posted by White Summer on Jul 1, 2012 - 23 answers

Should I invite friends to our wedding I'm not that close to?

Should I invite friends to our wedding that I'm not that close to and/or haven't really stayed in touch with? Do people think of wedding invitations as obligations to give gifts? Would it be really awkward? Or am I over-thinking this and I should just invite whoever I want to invite? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2012 - 33 answers

Nobody likes you when you're wasted

Is there a tactful way to tell a friend that they are not pleasant to be around when they drink too much, an occurrence that happens every time we see them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2012 - 35 answers

Being friends with a guy while dating

How do you balance out dating and being good friends with a guy? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme on Jun 15, 2012 - 13 answers

Creative ways of including family and friends in a wedding

What are some creative ways of including or honoring special family and friends in a wedding, beyond the typical bridal party? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Jun 14, 2012 - 17 answers

Can we stay this way?

How to thwart jealousy and possessiveness in a non-relationship relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 - 23 answers

How to preserve my friendship with an ex now that I'm involved with a new person?

We dated for quite a while, but it didn't work out and we've ended up as good friends. But now I'm entering a serious relationship for the first time since it ended, and the shift in my attention seems to be rattling her. How can I handle this gracefully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 - 39 answers

Can I avoid an ultimatum with my friends over drugs at festival?

I want to go to this festival with my friends but not if they're going to do tons of drugs. Can I avoid an ultimatum? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2012 - 32 answers

MeFi Car People...Please Help!

I find myself having an extra car and a close friend who needs one. Difficulty: I promised to not sell this car. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jun 10, 2012 - 23 answers

Facebook's Skewing My Sense of Real Friendship

I'm a supportive, loyal, and giving friend. My friends do not treat me the same way. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Jun 9, 2012 - 45 answers

How can I want to make plans

I have social anxiety that psychs me out about making plans. I moved to a new city about seven months ago and still haven't seen old friends and extended family members that I really should see. Even though I enjoy hanging out with them, thinking about hanging out with them can feel like a stressful chore. I'm trying to get it together to see them and start being social, but a) how do I explain that I DO like them and am not trying to be a dismissive jerk and b) how can I stop having this problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 - 11 answers

How can a former shy person go from merely functional to friendly?

I used to be very shy. Through years of pushing myself (I'm 33 now), I've become pretty amazingly functional. But I find myself in an unexpected spot. While I very much want to be around people and I can now handle it without freezing up, my experience of actually being around people is one of gritted teeth and willpower. There's very little joy in it. In theory, I'd like nothing more than a bushel of friends hanging out in my kitchen on a Sunday night. In practice, I push myself into social situations like dunking my arm in freezing water, pulling it out with a huge sigh of relief as soon as I let myself. That's not a recipe for forging new friendships, which I know take time and certain amount of vulnerability. What can I do to take myself to the next level -- from functional to genuinely friendly? Do people ever make it to the next level? On the phobia scale, it's not enough for me to be able to let a spider crawl on my arm without having a panic attack, I need to be able to lay down in a cave full of spiders and love it. (I've been in therapy for a year, but aside from that, I'd like to hear from you all.)
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 - 21 answers

Friendships, relationships, and my screwed-up brain.

Friendships, relationships, and my screwed-up brain. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 - 15 answers

"You realize, of course, that we could never be friends."

From friends to dating: advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 - 11 answers

How Do I Know if I'm Shy

How do I know if I'm shy? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jun 5, 2012 - 9 answers

I've achieved the perfect FWB situation. Except for that I can't stand him..

I've achieved the absolutely perfect FWB situation. Absolutely perfect aside from the fact that I can't stand him. [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Jun 4, 2012 - 32 answers

what do you talk/move with ur gf's friends?

I am nervous(totally) about meeting bunch of strangers and the thought they are all there to meet me. How do you handle this? what kind of conversations would you have with them? [more inside]
posted by daveg02 on May 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Can Jimmy come out and play?

I've been failing on getting some friends to go out and do stuff with me, and need some help figuring out what I can do to get better success. [more inside]
posted by garlic on May 18, 2012 - 15 answers

Better than a red phone box cookie tin

Gift ideas for home-bound expats? [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on May 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Is my friend trying to surreptitiously decline a gift?

Question for the "guess culture" people: If a friend wants to leave a gift I gave her behind at my house for a year, is that likely to be her way of saying she doesn't really want it? Does that mean I can treat the gift as mine? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 12, 2012 - 48 answers

Undermined or Oversensitive?

I'm thinking my best friend isn't the best of friends. How do I deal with that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2012 - 26 answers

Carpooling isn't fun any more.

How do we maintain a friendship and resolve issues without carpooling any more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Am I wrong to feel wronged?

Am I wrong to feel wronged? Soap operaishness inside: [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Apr 27, 2012 - 36 answers

Is ever "right" to point out incorrect use of a word to a friend?

Is ever "right" to point out incorrect use of a word to a friend? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Apr 27, 2012 - 92 answers

Help a loner rejoin the herd!

How do I integrate myself into a social circle when I don't have a social circle? [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Apr 26, 2012 - 36 answers

Political Arguments: Friendly or Vicious?

I recently left an environment where almost everyone has the same style of dealing with political differences, and the same purpose in political discussion. Now I'm having to deal with entirely different ones, with friends and loved ones, and it's causing conflict. Who's right? Is anyone right? And how can I minimize the problems? [more inside]
posted by corb on Apr 25, 2012 - 14 answers

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