Many would ascribe themselves to be a friend of mine. As people value and friendship and the use it has for networking. People will claim friendship just for the sake of appearing to be more social. And so people will claim to be my friend.
To be honest, friends are of no necessity. It is not necessary to have friends but there potential for usage is of extreme value.
It is not wrong to use people, especially if they enjoy the work they are doing because they feel as though they are getting closer to you are accomplishing some moral feat.
I am not fond of having friends because of the amount of time they will waste talking to each other about the most trivial of matters. Entire speeches where it would not have made the slightest difference if I were to never hear them speak in the first place. I have a select few friends(just 1) that I confide in and trust to be people that I completely enjoy. I am not anti-social, although my words if were to be spoken at a party would outcast me, I am intelligent with my remarks and do not deviate from social norm, regularly.
One of the most excellent uses for friends or people in general are experiments. My experiments deal mostly with reaction or revelation and I learn a great deal through my, what some would say, inhumane or queer hobby.
Some might call me mad for thinking this way but this seems very clear to me.