As a wise man once said, friends are gods apologies for family.
It's probably a bad thing. I spend more time with my "friends" than I do with my family. Technically, none of you niners are family, but I'd count many of you as "friends". I chat to a few of you frequently, and others I simply interact with via the forums.
You're still friends though. I go out whenever I can with my two best friends, we go bowling and stuff. I know they're my friends simply because they never leave me, even when they get riddiculed for hanging around the little ginger geek.