In a way, I think so. Ties in with insecurity a bit and being a social species. If you have a lot of friends, then you are doing well socially. That weird phase of measuring your value with Facebook friends or such, even if you never talk with them is an interesting extreme of it. So many friends, but a lot of them are friends in the name only. That can mess some people up. Surrounded by friends but still so very, very lonely. That's a good telltale sign about the depth of friendship being as deep as a puddle, if you still feel lonely when around them.
A tricky thing is that "friend" is such an all-encompassing word. There can be really close friends, or those that aren't so close, but still friends, people you enjoy being around. But whooo boy is there a lot of mindfuck when one starts to try and collect friends who aren't really friends, hoping to fill the hole in themselves. It's kinda like a friend version of trying to fill a hole in one's heart with material things.
I don't think the word has lost meaning to so many people that it's a huge problem, but I do think that it's good to ask oneself what a friend means to oneself, ponder that a bit.
It's good to know, you know? If you don't, you might end up at a point where you get a crushing realization that tells you that your friends aren't really your friends, and you are still so alone in the world. That's some hard stuff to deal with. Soooo a bit yes and no, leaning ever-so-slightly towards yes.>>41797225
They'll be found somewhere along the way no doubt. If not by me, then someone else will find them and point them your way. Or maybe the cosmic powers that be will provide without needing middlemen.
....I didn't even realize I made it. Actually nevermind, I made the pun completely intentionally yes! Completely intentional!