Drake’s “Fake Love” couldn’t be any more real right now…
1. They get jealous and annoyed when you succeed in something.
RED FLAG ALERT. These are the type of friends that always want to be the “best one” in the friendship and always undermine your accomplishments. These are toxic friends because instead of encouraging you they want to see you fail. No good friend wants to see their friend struggle; they want to see you happy.
2. They only hang out with you when it benefits them.
Friends do not hang out with friends only when you’re paying or if they’re getting something out of you. Hanging out with real friends means enjoying their company. E.g. asking to hang out with you to do an assignment only so they can get help from you.
3. They expect you to always be there for them and get mad if you’re not.
Let’s be real here: with exams, relationships, work and everything in between, you cannot be available to someone 24/7 and it is not okay for them to get mad at you for that. Friends help friends but you shouldn’t feel as if your relationship just consists of you catering to their needs.
4. They always want to gossip.
This one’s simple. If they love to gossip and always have to bring up information about other people’s lives, chances are they’re talking about your business to someone else. If they feel the need to always talk about people behind their back, that’s a problem. It’s one thing to air out problems they are having with other people to you and continuously bringing up other people’s lives they should not be talking about.
5. It always has to be about them.
Ever start a conversation with a friend about a problem you’re having and they somehow turn the conversation around to make it about them? Yeah, that’s not right. Real friends do not make everything about themselves especially when you need advice.
6. The only compliments they give you are backhanded ones.
“Wow you actually look good in that, I didn’t think you’d be able to pull it off!” It sounds good until you realize it’s an insult disguised as something positive. It’s good to have friends that are honest with you but having ones that insult you like this are not friends you need.
Got other warning signs of a fake friend? Let us know in the comments!