The number of people claiming to be a “real” friend is at an all-time high.
However, there are still thousands of people out there who are just pretending to be your friend.
We spoke to some of the experts to get the latest on how to tell if your relationship is authentic.
What you need to know about fake friendsIf you’re a real person, it’s possible to get into a relationship with someone who is pretending to know you, or is even pretending to like you.
But if you’re an online user, there is no such thing as a real-life friend.
There are hundreds of online dating sites where you can get matched with anyone, and the people who are on these sites are often not your actual friends.
However there are some ways you can tell if someone you are chatting with is genuinely a friend, based on some clues.
For starters, if someone is asking you questions about your life, hobbies or work, and you can’t reply back, that means you may be in a real relationship.
People may also be asking you about other things, such as what your favourite colour is, or if you’ve ever had a crush on someone.
But these are the easiest ways to check if someone else is really a real friend, says Kate D’Esposito, a partner at the law firm Dentons who specialises in the area of fake relationships.
D’Espsos says there are a number of reasons why people are willing to lie about who they really are on dating sites and online dating apps, such a the idea that their profile photo could be taken.
However she says that you also need to be careful about who you invite to join your “friend group” or “follower group”.
“When you invite a person to join a friend group, they need to think about their own interests and whether that might be part of the reason why they joined the group.
For example, if you ask them to join because they want to learn about you, that may be a legitimate reason,” she says.”
If you invite someone to join the group to watch you play tennis, that might also be a valid reason to join.”
There are a lot of different ways to test for a relationship, including the fact that you have the same interests, or have shared interests.””
If you are genuinely interested in someone, they may well be a real ally and can be a friend.”
There are a lot of different ways to test for a relationship, including the fact that you have the same interests, or have shared interests.
“If someone is claiming to know your interests, it can be tempting to take the bait.
But, says D’Sposito: “If someone claims to know the interests of someone who has joined your friend group or follower group, it would be a better idea to talk to that person about that and whether they can confirm their claim.
“It could be tempting if you are invited to join somebody else’s group to join, but that’s only a short-term way to check whether they really know you.”
For more advice on how you can spot a genuine friend, check out our guide to what you need in order to know if someone genuinely loves you.
What do you need when it comes to fake friends?
If you or someone you know is a fake friend, there’s a lot you need know about it, and how to find out more.
Here are some of our top tips:Be cautious about inviting people to join you on a fake dating app, and always ask yourself if they are genuine.
“There are plenty of ways to spot a fake,” says Dacke.
“The first is that they have very little in common with you.
“This could be something like going to a wedding or getting a haircut or a new haircut. “
“Or maybe they’re not interested in a relationship because they’re busy. “
“So the more time you spend with them, the more likely you are to get a sense of what they’re up to.””
You should also be wary about sending someone a message and then having them reply back. “
So the more time you spend with them, the more likely you are to get a sense of what they’re up to.”
You should also be wary about sending someone a message and then having them reply back.
“Because, in most cases, they don’t get back,” says Keady.
“You can then see if they’re really interested in you.”
Check your profile to see if you meet other people who have the exact same interests.
“A lot of people are just being cheeky and being a bit of an opportunist,” says Rachael O’Brien, a personal injury lawyer and author of How to Spot Fake Friends.
“I’ve had people ask me if they were the same person as me.
I’ve seen people say they are and then go on to tell me they’re friends.
So if you see them together