Who do people usually like to spend more time with? Family or friends?
I think people usually like spending more time with their friends. Don’t get me wrong, family is really important and I know a lot of people who enjoy hanging out with their relatives. But when it comes down to it, friends are just easier to spend time with. For one, you usually have more in common with your friends. For another, it’s easier to be yourself around them. They aren’t really expecting anything from you.
What’s the difference between staying with friends and staying with family?
When you’re staying with friends, you can let loose a bit more. You don’t have to follow all the rules your family might have. But on the flip side, your friends might not take care of you as well as your family would. When you stay with family, you know they’ll provide you with whatever you need. However, you might feel like you have to be on your best behaviour around them.
Do people prefer being with a large group of people or with a few friends?
I guess most people like being with a few friends instead of a large group. Large groups can be really fun for certain occasions, like weddings or big parties. But it’s very easy to feel crowded with a large group. And it’s awkward and lonely when you’re with a ton of people but can’t find a person you can really talk with. In general, it’s nicer to just hang out with a few friends. That way, you don’t get overwhelmed. You can actually spend quality time with each person. It’s about quality, not quantity.
Some researchers say people naturally like socializing, what do you think about it?
I definitely agree. I know lots of people who are crazy about socializing. They are literally social butterflies. I find most people who like socializing can easily strike up a conversation with just about anyone. They can always find something to talk about with others even if they’re total strangers. So I think there are always people who are naturally good at socialising and love it too. I’m definitely not like that. But I really admire those who can make friends so easily.
What kinds of socialising skills can be improved from being with friends?
The first one that comes to mind is communication. When you’re around friends, you end up talking about what you’re thinking and how you’re feeling. That skill comes in handy in all parts of life. After all, nobody can help you or relate to you if they don’t understand you. You can also learn how to be a better listener. You should be able to give as well as receive. Everyone likes a listening ear.
Do science and technology improve the relationship between people?
I believe that in some cases, science and technology can help strengthen people’s relationships. The first thing that comes to mind is video-chat. Because of developments in technology, people who are really far apart can talk to each other as if they’re in the same room. They can see each other’s faces and hear each other in real time. It’s really amazing when you think about it. Plus, it helps improve long-distance relationships.
Don’t get me wrong
expecting anything from you
on your best behaviour
don’t get overwhelmed
strike up a conversation with
comes in handy in all parts of life
a listening ear