My kids have many "best friends" and I have a feeling they are not the only kids with this "problem". Almost every time someone's name comes up either from church or school, I get "oh that's my best friend". My response is always one: "you can't have that many best friends, it's not possible" and of course my wise counsel always falls on deaf ears. One day they will grow.
Some of us adults act in the same way though. We make friends easily, which is good, but we are quick to draw people into our inner circle, which is not so good. Proverbs has some wise words for us all: "The man of too many friends [chosen indiscriminately] will be broken in pieces and come to ruin, But there is a [true, loving] friend who [is reliable and] sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24 AMP
We all need people; we are wired to thrive on human connections but we must still be careful who we let into our lives. Let us take time to know people before we invite them to eat with us from the same bowl, sleep in our beds and before we spill our guts to them. The fact that we connect on a certain level or we have some things in common or enjoy each other's company does not mean we have to be close or best friends with them.
What do you look for in a friend? Do you even have a criterion? A friend is defined as "a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations." You do not need lots of friends to feel loved or special.
You need friends who are respectful, loving, have a positive influence, selfless, forgiving, willing to make sacrifices, loyal, inspirational, well-controlled, wise, forgiving, supportive and such like. Numbers do not count. The only place the number of friends you have counts is on social media. Choose wisely and send some "friends" packing already!