Why It's Better To Have A Small Friend Group Than A Large One
Start writing a post

Why It's Better To Have A Small Friend Group Than A Large One

Large friend groups are overrated.

Why It's Better To Have A Small Friend Group Than A Large One

For most phases of my life, I find myself in a friend group of about three or four people. It's great to know a wide variety of people and have many acquaintances, but for these seven reasons, it's best to be able to count your close friends on just one hand.

1. Your thoughts are acknowledged.

We've all had that uncomfortable moment in which we're sitting with a large group of people and no matter how many times we attempt to speak, someone cuts us off. Everyone is jumping in at every given second; it feels impossible to get a word in edgewise. With only a few friends, everyone is free to speak their mind.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F02%2F08%2F635904919326669531753657766_giphy-3.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=584&h=2b952db8aee9e692e23ba6dcc63aca9b666b70a1f086040991254f1c8c07af8a&size=980x&c=2443085623 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F02%252F08%252F635904919326669531753657766_giphy-3.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D584%26h%3D2b952db8aee9e692e23ba6dcc63aca9b666b70a1f086040991254f1c8c07af8a%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2443085623%22%7D" expand=1]

2. Your opinions matter.

If you're with a large group and do not fall in the majority of the group vote, you will not get your way. However, with a small group, it's easier to reach an agreement that satisfies everyone.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F02%2F08%2F635904906567030153744186746_200-1.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=483&h=b076e5453b7baa6f2dce51286a4184bfe9233490ad10657c7680ad8b9e5fc5c7&size=980x&c=390971341 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F02%252F08%252F635904906567030153744186746_200-1.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D483%26h%3Db076e5453b7baa6f2dce51286a4184bfe9233490ad10657c7680ad8b9e5fc5c7%26size%3D980x%26c%3D390971341%22%7D" expand=1]

3. Group chats are more personal.

Each time you type out a text, another person sends a new message, and suddenly what you wrote has become irrelevant. In large group chats, people have conversations within conversations, your phone blows up every minute, and it becomes too overwhelming to respond.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F02%2F08%2F635904910210838761-8148114_giphy-1.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=192&h=4d7bb291b6fbdd2791bf6e31e875858248c922488a23b8495d5b1937d1b58f02&size=980x&c=4181187219 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F02%252F08%252F635904910210838761-8148114_giphy-1.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D192%26h%3D4d7bb291b6fbdd2791bf6e31e875858248c922488a23b8495d5b1937d1b58f02%26size%3D980x%26c%3D4181187219%22%7D" expand=1]

4. Your secrets remain secrets.

If you share a secret with all eight of your close friends, there is no guarantee that one of them will not slip it out. Subsequently, you are forced to interrogate each friend to find out who could was the one who betrayed you.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F02%2F08%2F6359049073400073532054967425_200-2.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=215&h=75e48111ff396285c4d92719ab2a9069a4493da6d20f748e204c34374b38ef1c&size=980x&c=2543495867 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F02%252F08%252F6359049073400073532054967425_200-2.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D215%26h%3D75e48111ff396285c4d92719ab2a9069a4493da6d20f748e204c34374b38ef1c%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2543495867%22%7D" expand=1]

5. You always know who to contact to share news.

You don't have to contact a laundry list of people to talk about your first date with, you only have to call a select few. Additionally, it gets tiring explaining a story repeatedly just so all of your friends could be caught up in your life.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F02%2F08%2F6359049110067587451076353025_giphy-1.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=970&h=803cbe416588b07253fac2c186761cdb4295b80dfb86bc9e97588d60da24643b&size=980x&c=2322511594 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F02%252F08%252F6359049110067587451076353025_giphy-1.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D970%26h%3D803cbe416588b07253fac2c186761cdb4295b80dfb86bc9e97588d60da24643b%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2322511594%22%7D" expand=1]

6. You can be a better friend.

It's easier to be fully invested in the lives of a few friends rather than struggling to remember the details of 10 people's lives. I check in with my friends to ask how their doctor's appointment went, how their families are and other parts of their lives that I would not be able to keep track of if I had more friends than necessary.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F02%2F08%2F635904900840558542-125827719_200.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=798&h=608e8ebb92418f546d8451ad0b74073092e9c09928b239e956390dbeaeb6fc60&size=980x&c=2731137119 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F02%252F08%252F635904900840558542-125827719_200.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D798%26h%3D608e8ebb92418f546d8451ad0b74073092e9c09928b239e956390dbeaeb6fc60%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2731137119%22%7D" expand=1]

7. Your memories are more intimate.

In ten years, you will look back at your best and funniest moments and recall a select few faces because you will most likely only remember the people who were important to you.

On the outside, it may appear fun to be in a large friend group. However, at the end of the day, it's easier to form bonds with fewer people, and you will develop more meaningful, lifelong friendships with a small group of friends who know you better than you know yourself.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Ronny Salerno

This feeling hurts. I must declare

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Holiday Drinks to Spice Up this December's Movie Binge

After all, isn't it the season of drinking...?

10 Holiday Drinks to Spice Up this December's Movie Binge

Thanksgiving has officially ended which means we are in preparation for the final holidays of the year. December is a busy month, filled with shopping and sales, wrapping gifts, planning family gathering and parties, cooking and baking, holiday movies, and of course, lots of drinking. I know that I will be spending a lot of December watching the ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas,

Keep Reading... Show less

Planning Another Christmas Party

Don't just plan another plain party but get creative to have everyone wanting to come back next year!

Getty Famous

You know it's Christmas when the radio stations change to all of your favorite holiday tunes, the air is still, and stores have the best sales. With all my favorite things from Christmas happening my least favorite probably has to be when I have to go to another same old boring Christmas party that I get invited to every year. Here are some Christmas party ideas so that you won't have another sad Christmas party.

Keep Reading... Show less

High School Soccer is Wildly Important

For Young Players Who Want to Succeed at The Next Level

High School Soccer is Wildly Important

Whose choice is it? The parent? The player? There are a number of reasons that a kid may sit out of high school soccer, and to be completely honest; It is a huge mistake. High school soccer is the final piece in the puzzle that takes a player from above average or elite, to college ready by the end of their senior year. Every year thousands of talented athletes don't play for their high schools. Why though?

Keep Reading... Show less

8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List

December is around the corner, are you ready?

8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List

As they tend to say, its the most wonderful time of the year! People have begun to compile their Christmas to-do lists in anticipation for the season of sugarplums and gingerbread.

The history of the Christmas to-do lists goes back hundreds of years, almost as old as the holiday itself, however, people tend to fall out of this habit as they get older. This is unfortunate, as the theme of Christmas tradition can add bundles of the spirit of joy to your families.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments