1. Your thoughts are acknowledged.
We’ve all experienced that awkward 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 every given second; it feels impossible to get a word in edgewise. With only a few friends, everyone is free to speak their mind.
2. Your opinions matter.
If you’re making plans with a large group and don’t agree with their idea, you’ll probably just have to accept that you lost this battle. With a small group, it’s easier to reach an agreement that satisfies everyone and persuade the others to go with your idea.
3. Group chats are more personal.
Each time you type out a text, another person sends a new message, and suddenly what you initially wrote has become irrelevant. Not only that, but group chats are extremely annoying. In large group chats, people have conversations within conversations and your phone blows up every minute until you consider throwing it across the room.
4. Secrets remain secrets.
If you share a secret with eight of your closest friends, there’s no guarantee that one of them won’t slip it out, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Subsequently, you find yourself interrogating each friend to find out who was the one who betrayed you.
5. You always know who to contact to share news.
You don’t have a laundry list of people to contact to share the details of your date with; you only have to call a select few. Even more annoying is how tiring it becomes when you have to explain a story ten times just so all of your friends could be caught up in your life.
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 keep up with an unnecessary amount. I find myself checking in with my friends to ask how the rash on their foot is healing or how their brother’s girlfriend’s cat is doing— something I probably wouldn’t be able do if I had a large friend group.
7. Your memories are more intimate.
In fifteen years, you’ll look back at your best and funniest moments and only be to able to recall a select few faces. You’ll only remember the people who were important to you, because at the end of the day, they’ll be the ones who still matter.