Lately I feel like the term “friend” has became broad and somewhat ambiguous. A lot of people who you would call a friend would be who I call a hangout buddy. Having a friend and having a hangout buddy are totally different. I’ve had both of these all throughout my life and have mistaken too many hangout buddies as friends. Through these experiences and learning from others’ experiences, I would define a friend as someone who is not only consistent and present in your life but also dependent and trustworthy. And I would define a hangout buddy as someone who you would normally spend time with on an irregular basis. Most likely it’s the girl or guy you hit up when you’re bored and have nothing else going on and just feel like doing something with somebody, although you’re not really close friends. But it could also be your workout partner, poker mate, or drinking buddy, for example.