Some people claim that family members are more important than friends. Do you agree or disagree?

Aug 27, 2020 / General / 7:42 am

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Some people claim that family members are more important than friends. Do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples from your own knowledge and experience.
Write at least 250 words.


Considering personal relations, some think that friends are inferior to family members owing to diverse reasons. However, I think, often at specific situations, friends too can play a superior role in the relationship status of a person’s life.

On the one side, one needs to realize that his family plays a crucial role in the vital developments of a person like character formation and personality development. In other words, it would be difficult for any person to acquire his necessary skills and qualities in life without the assistance from parents. For example, a child is brought up in a family by his parents with utmost care, affection and supervision. On top of that one has a strong belief that his family will stand with him in case of any emergency. The psychological support from a person’s life partner is another good example to support the significance of family over friends or other relations.

On the other side, many people find it comfortable being with friends most of their time than with their family because they invest more trust in this relationship than with their family members. For instance, a post graduate student at a university relies heavily on his friend in the successful completion of his course than his parents or spouse. At this stage, he develops ‘a situational intimacy’ with his friend, which can later fade off. Peer groups are often seen sharing secrets among themselves which they rarely do even with their close family members. Similarly, a child from a broken family finds his friendship more valuable than his own family. There were instances when people even sacrificed their lives for friendship.

After having a critical assessment, I think the claim that family members are more important than friends is situational in nature.

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