5 Surprising Ways You May Be Damaging A Friendship

3 October 2016, 21:27 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

And how to tell if you're dealing with a bad friend.

Friendships are important. Having a good friend can get you through hard times, but being a good friend is how you know that you've improved another person's life. We all strive to be decent people, but sometimes we do things that are damaging to our relationships. Here are 5 ways you may be damaging a friendship.

1) You turn into a crap friend when you get into a new relationship.

It's a total junior high move to ditch all your friends when you get in a new relationship. We all know those people who become obsessed with their significant other and spend every waking minute that they're not with them just talking about them until everyone is bored and annoyed. Don't be that friend. 

2) You're flaky as hell. 

You never follow through. You're always late. No one can ever take your word on anything because you live life so fly-by-night and last minute. Yeah, not cute. 


3) You don't make the effort to check in on your friends.

Life gets busy and we all have our things going on but checking in on people is a super important part of being a good friend. Plus, there is the fact that a quarter of teenagers report suffering from some form of anxiety. We all need someone to check in on us. 


4) You only start a conversation with your friend when you have bad news/gossip/snarky screenshots. 

There's more to life than screenshots and drama. Don't be that messy friend who only comes around when the tea is hot.

5) You literally only hit up people for favors.


Stop. Doing. That. Sh*t. To. People.