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<snip>It's a little-noticed fallout of the tough economy: Friendships that thrived during rich times are starting to sour. Across the country, twenty- and thirtysomethings who built entire social lives around a high-priced lifestyle (another round of mojitos, anyone?) are noticing they're not quite so popular without all that ready cash around. Indeed, the Big Spenders now find themselves in the awkward position of passing the check back -- or worse, calling in debts. And they're left to wonder who'll be left in their friendship pool after the moochers are gone.<unsnip>

Wow, I really wish I had heard about this trend during the boom years, I'd have buddied up to a gen-xer. I guess there's at least one advantage of being part of the 'me' generation--no self respecting boomer would ever try to buy friendship!

BTW, from reading the article it looks newly friendless have not learned that they cannot buy friendship--they have just changed their tactics. Instead of throwing gifts and money around at their former friends, they are turning to fee-based services to help find new friends!
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