I've come to realise that very few people are genuine. With age (and maturity), it becomes (or it should, at least, be) easier to spot the ones who truly care about us. We can feel it in the way they act towards us (because words are just words, after all), the vibes we get when we're interacting with them, the energy they're transferring to us, even the vibes we get through their messages sometimes, regardless of the content. It is easy to distinguish between the words of a genuine person and the typical message of someone who doesn't really care on a deeper level. True relationships are not based on selfish feelings and the ones who are true to us always seek the best for us, regardless of any disagreements or misunderstandings. Genuine people reflect a certain sense of sincerity, honesty and kindness which other people do not. Notice the people who are happy for your happiness and sad for your sadness, the ones who want to see you grow, those who love you no matter what, who always try to be there for you regardless of the circumstances, the ones who make an effort for you; they're the ones who deserve a place in your heart. It's pretty easy to pretend but not all people can be 'tricked' I guess. We need to train our intuition to understand and detect what is real. With time, interacting with people who are not true to us (i.e. battling with egos and small minds) becomes tiring and wasteful. We realise that these relationships don't fulfill us anymore but instead drain us, and we start seeking the people whose genuine energy we can feel, the ones who vibrate on the same frequency as us. After all, our relationships should help us and not bring us down...and so with time we realise that it is quality and not quantity that counts.
Genuine people don't come around too often. If you find somebody real enough to stay true, keep them close and never stop showing them how much they mean to you.