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10 Signs You're Actually a Sh*tty Friend

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Just like every relationship, friendships take a lot of work, especially as adults. As we get older, our responsibilities pile up, and sometimes, we slip and forget about our besties along the way. It's always a good idea to examine our own behavior to make sure we aren't being shitty to those who matter most. Read on for some signs you need to be a better friend.

  1. You forget milestones.

We're not saying you need to throw your friends big birthday bashes every year, but, at the very least, you should give them a call (if you can't physically be with them on their big day); the same goes for anniversaries and other major accomplishments.

  1. You only reach out when you need a favor.

Ugh,so shady. Friendship is about give and take. A good friend will be there for you when you truly need someone, but you have to return the favor. Girl, we know life is tough, but it's not all about you.

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  1. You always direct the conversation back to yourself.

Again, a good friendship is an exchange, not a monologue. Take the time to ask how your friend's doing and really listen. If you find yourself thinking of ways to relate her problems or her stories back to you, check yourself. We know that some people show empathy by letting the other person know that they aren't alone in how they feel, but there's a difference between empathy and narcissism.

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  1. You don't return texts or pick up calls.

Do you honestly think that when you tell someone you forgot to respond or you didn't see the missed call, they still believe you? How long do you go without checking your phone? Thought so. And yeah, sometimes you're really that busy, but to use it as an excuse every single time you want to avoid someone is just pathetic.

  1. You don't respect his or her boundaries.

Sometimes, when you want to help or motivate someone, you assume you know what's best for him or her. But you have to remember that when your friend says no, it's a no—even if, in reality, it's what's "good" for him or her. That's not your call. All you can do is keep being supportive.

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  1. You criticize them too much.

There's brutal honesty and there's cruelty. When you care for someone, you find ways to be genuine without feeling the need to tear him or her down. "I'm just being honest," or "Opinion ko lang naman 'to" are awful justifications; some people need a little sugar, and as a friend, you should oblige.

  1. You're distracted when you hang out.

Put your damn phone down. Facebook will still be there after your catch-up sesh.

  1. You don't get excited when something good happens to them.

The question is, why the hell not? Is it jealousy? Are you feeling competitive? We know you can't help how you feel, but you can certainly control what you do. If you're never happy when something awesome happens to your BFF, figure out why, and adjust your behavior accordingly. Your friend deserves better.

  1. You cancel plans when something “better” comes up.

Remember that scene from FRIENDS when Joey cancelled his dinner plans with Phoebe because he had a date that could potentially lead to something else? Well, Phoebe said it best: "When we make plans, I expect you to show up. I can't just be a way to kill time until you meet someone better. Boyfriends and girlfriends come and go, but this is for life!" TRUTH.

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  1. You don't let him or her change.

Life happens. People change. And that's a good thing. You can't force a friend to be the same person she was when you met in high school. If she wants to change, she should be allowed to. Keep cheering her on, and don't hold her back.

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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