The difference between a friend and a girlfriend – There is a difference between a friend and a girlfriend. A person can be your friend, but not your girlfriend, and can be your girlfriend but not your friend. Girlfriends are almost always temporary, friends are more permanent. If you can find both in one person you have got something special. Friends do for you because they like you, because of some unspoken difficult to define yet mutual bond called “friendship.” They do for you what they don’t do for others, they do things they would never do for anyone else under any circumstances. Girlfriends are not like friends. Girlfriends do for you because you are their boyfriend. They do for you because the relationship exists, not because of some underlying bond. They do for you not because YOU are YOU, but because you are a man playing the role of boyfriend. They do what they do for you simply because they are your boyfriend, and they will just as easily do the same for the next man when he comes along to fill the position. How do you tell what you’ve got? It can be difficult. A romantic relationship can conceal the existence or lack of an underlying friendship quite well. Just like in high school chemistry class you may only be able to tell if a solution contains a particular chemical by removing everything else and seeing what remains. The old saying is that true friendships will always weather the bad times. True friendships can survive periods of anger, disagreement, all the changes that tend to occur within the life of a person. To put it simply, the difference is this - A friend will weather the bad times. A girlfriend will not.