1. Friendship requires another to judge you and deem you worthwhile as a friend. While this seems innocuous, being exposed to people with proficient character judgment precludes the assumption you will encounter many people able to accurately judge your value as a friend.
2. Friendship also requires the person who judges you worthwhile to be a person with whom you reciprocate judgment. While you may be a good friend to one, one may not fit your criteria for a good friend.
3. The number of friends is not important:
-as a gauge of your value
-as an indicator of your ability to socialize
-as an indicator of your ability to be a good friend
4. If an outsider judges you for the number of people he assumes are your friends, he is not friend material. He is seeking popularity, which, incidentally, has nothing whatsoever to do with friendship. You can be very well-liked, but have no true friends.
In a lifetime, those who can count more than three real friends are truly fortunate. Real friends last a lifetime.
Acquaintances and colleagues are merely ships which pass in the night: Useful in the moment, but over time outlive such usefulness.