Friends are very important part of our lives. Friends are the family we choose.
I have friends, not many, but it's because i've chosen it that way. Friends are of little importance to me, as I could care less what you or anyone else thinks of my way of life. My only concern is my companion's (wife) outlook on me. Other then that nothing is important. I think my better friends are on the internet, 99.9% I've never met.
Friends are import. They are our sounding board, our support system when we need it and will tell you when you are being an @$$. But it isn't the number of friends one has, but the quality of a few.