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The present study examined the relationships between depressive symptoms and everyday social interaction in a non-clinical population. Depressive symptoms were measured using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale, and social interaction was measured using a variant of the Rochester Interaction Record. People who were classified as at-risk for depression had less rewarding interactions than people who were not at-risk. Depressive symptoms and interaction quantity and quality were negatively correlated for participants above the cutpoint, whereas they were uncorrelated for those below the at-risk cutpoint. The results also suggested that, compared to nondepressed people, depressed people derive more rewards from interactions with their closest opposite-sex friends, relative to the rewards they derive from interactions with other opposite-sex friends.