Since this morning’s forced update (Android version 0.175.0-G), actions within the friend list don’t remember the list position when returning to the list.
It’s already tedious to scroll through the friends list, since we can’t just go from one friend to the NEXT (but have to return to the list and select the next one directly), but also since the list only scrolls about 20 friends at a time, before we have to wait for the next friends to load into memory so we can scroll another 20 or so friends.
Kind of like it was a couple of years ago, when the Pokémon list kept resetting to the first after every single evolution, meaning our Lucky Eggs were wasted on scrolling instead of mass-evolving. That actually ripped us off monetarily, and still took WEEKS to get fixed. This one doesn’t cost us money, but is annoying enough to make me not want to open / send gifts, so it probably won’t generate as many irate demands for Niantic to fix it. So maybe it’ll eventually get fixed… maybe by 2021?