Re: Friends for Different "Purposes"
Things haven't come to the point where my friends become so "specialised". Often, friends whom you could confide in can be friends whom you talk crap quite a lot, too. However, I agree that friends become "specialised" in a manner where you can't possibly discuss all sorts of topics with one particular friend.
When we made friends during our primary school or kindergarten days, it never occurred to us (or most of us) that we made friends for any sort of personal advantage, e.g. financial advantage. We made friends because we wanted to, and we enjoy the companionship. Well, that is not to say that we don't enjoy the companionship now, but rather as we grow up, some people develop a policy of "making friends for a certain purpose". It is at this point where many people would ask, "Who are my true friends?"
However, if you could maintain to have "multi-purpose" friends, then it would certainly be better for you. After all, you would then not run out of friends to seek help when you need it, without the hassle of choosing which friend to contact.