The label of “friend” carries a heavy connotation. When we were little, many of our classmates were given the label of “friend” in a day.
This thought and experience followed us into our adulthood.
We associate the word, “friend” with loyalty, and this influences the decisions we make in our daily lives.
Everyone we encounter is not our friend, some of these people are and will remain as associates.
There’s nothing wrong with that.