Friendship Cancel: Why Breaking Up With BFFs is Worse Than Ending a Romance

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Friendship Cancel: Why Breaking Up With BFFs is Worse Than Ending a Romance

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ne of my childhood best-friends unfriended me on FB last year.

“One of”, because she was a friend who belonged to the part of my life where “these are my five best-friends” was a statement that was true, honest, and as righteous as a 12-year-old can possibly get. She was my friend before adulthood hit me with all its cynicism, and shattered the romance around the idea of “best” friends. Adults don’t have best friends. At best, they have people they can talk to, and in extraordinarily fortunate cases, care about. At worst, they have the freedom (and money) to go to a pub and pretend to have fun with a bunch of strangers they neither know nor care about. At the absolute worst, they languish in a penniless, friendless, meaningless life this world often promises to offer.

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