There are people in our lives who we talk to. Who we really don't need to talk to. Who we can poke and prod without having a particular reason for doing so. Who know our faces (or avatars) and will wave at us if they see us from a distance. Who just hang around in our social vicinity and shares their random thoughts and impressions with us. Who have accepted us into their lives and like what they've done.
People who, for a variety of reasons, have Friend Zoned us.
There is somewhat of a movement among young confused males to turn the phrase "friend zone" into something pejorative, into something that unthankful females do to nice guys. Which is kind of a shame, for two reasons. The first being that they are wrong, and the second that it's way to useful a term to be wasted on resentful confusion.
Think about it - what other term do we have for people who just exist in a positive way in our general vicinity?
There's somewhat of a shortage of words when it comes to these kinds of things. And here we have a couple of words that's ready to be used, and which furthermore don't need that much of an explanation in order to convey that sense of general friendly coexistence we all know and need.
It would be a waste indeed to let it sink into misuse. So let's go ahead and start using it. Just like that.