Are friends important?

November 8, 2009 6:17am CST
So I was curious when this came to my mind. Do you feel that you need friends in your life? People might say no - I have my family for that and others might state the other way around saying Friends help you out when needed. To me, I think friends are important and so is family but I do not see them both as the same thing. Friends are people who will help you and you can chat to and hang out with - Family are your relatives... well you do the same things but you wont be hanging around with your mother all day or would you want to have a sleep over with your dad? What are your thoughts on friends and how important they are?
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53 responses
• Philippines
9 Nov 09
I believe that no man is an island. Friends are important because they give emotional support.
9 Nov 09
yes i do think that too.ofcourse friends give moral and emotional support but if u start expecting so much u get ditched or less...i m not talking extreme opposing but just that a person should be that strong that if a friend dont completes ur expectations u should be strong on ur own
• Philippines
8 Nov 09
I think it depends on how you perceive them. Your friends can be your family or vice versa. Your family can be your friends. So either way, they are important. On which one weighs more, I guess it is only one's self who can answer that. Every person perceive things differently. It may be because of experience or probably because of their current situation. I know a lot of people who values friends more rather than their family. Society had somehow molded into our minds that our family should come first. This may be true, but not all the time.
• Philippines
8 Nov 09
I haven't answered actually the question if friends are important. Yes they definitely are. It is quite ironic sometimes, but I would rather run to my friends than to my family if I have a problem.
@Qiaomu (22)
• China
8 Nov 09
Yes,friends are important.Family,love,friends,which is the most important?It is an old subject.But I will rank family first,then love,then friends.
• Philippines
9 Nov 09
family are really important to us that is not questionable..but how about if we don't have family that we can run to..of course friends came along..building a relationships with them and for them to return to us..that's how it works give and take..
@kush20006 (515)
• India
8 Nov 09
friends are like the flavours of life they add aroma to your personality now can u question why you need them
• Philippines
9 Nov 09
friends are important in terms of companionship and be there for you at all times..there are leveling of friendships..its for you how to rank them up..there are some friends that is for drinking sessions or whatsoever that's what we called them barkadas..but there are some friends that is really meant to be there for you in thickness and in health for ups and downs.
• Philippines
4 Jan 10
Yes I believe friends are important. You are very lucky if you have friends one or two friends. Friends is a blessing. In my situation when it comes to problems I can’t easily share it to my family. I have the believe that I will just add to the burden of family problems. If I will have a problem I will just keep it to myself or share it with a close friend. When it comes to hanging out as you said, you can invite your mom to go shopping with you, but you can’t do that for always, instead you will invite a friend. You can’t share your secrets to your family because it might offend them that might lead to misunderstanding , so instead you share it with a friend. If you and your family have petty arguments, you can’t share it to your family because they already knew it, instead you shared it to your friends. Friends are options,they can be your advisor, your guidance, protection and company, also your family, but they are the other option. Like these I have earnings online, my family don’t know how to earn online. When I experienced problem I cannot count on them to help me but instead online friends. Friends have still a big role. For me friends that we met are our soulmate, especially those true and has the capability of helping us.
• United States
17 Nov 09
I believe that friends are important, whether it is many or one. I think that everyone needs someone in their life that they are close to and not related to.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Of course friends are important but there are all sorts of different kinds of friendships from those that are casual or have to do with school or an activity to those that are historical and deep and abiding. All these different relationships serve a differnt purpose.
@hobegao (136)
• China
11 Nov 09
not all friends are important,but there are some we do need,sometimes we need them,and sometimes they do?
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
Friends are also important because they add spices in our life. A companion that you can also count on. No man is an island so friends is important to share your ups and hopefully also in down.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
Definitely friends are important. I know that we have families who care for us, we do have someone to love and some we love. But friends are also important in the sense that they provide another way of care. Life can also be empty without friends...
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
Having friends is one of the most important social tasks in an adolescent life. They may not be as important as one's family, but they do play an important role in a person's development, especially in the development of one's interaction towards the later groups of people whom one will associate. In some development theories on psychology, friends are the sources of our ego-identity where we learn who we are based on what others have done to us. We also learned aspects of self-concept based on what our friends are saying about us. These are only some of the reasons why friends are important. However, on some personal level, it is also important that we chose well our friends because they are also sources of influence in our lives. Have you ever heard of the famous saying, "tell me who your friends are and i will tell you who you are?" So,chose friends wisely. The folowing suggestions are good considerations in the choices of freinds:one, friends, should be known to your family as such it is necessary that they are known to your parents, siblings or relatives; second, friends should belong to your own group such as your classmates, church mates, neighbors whom are your playmates; third, friends should share your values. likes, activities and ideals in life, fourth, friends should be one who will support you be it in times of happiness or in times of sorrow; fifth, friends should respect you for whoever you are and above all friends will not let you down.
• China
10 Nov 09
there is no doubt, friend is a very important role in the life. we can cooperate in business, we can go shopping and travelling together, we can communicate with each other abt the comprehension abt children, family, books, etc. in a word, i think we cant live without friends. but i do feel strange that some ones dont believe friendship, and prefer to live alone.
@aerous (13475)
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
Friends is very important if that friendship really valued those people engage in that relationship. But if someone didn't give the important of friendship I think friends is useless. It's useless to have more friend that didn't know value friendship than have only one friend that real. For me friendship is always that never last forever but it should make sense...have a nice day!
• India
10 Nov 09
Hi....friends and family are equally important. They care us and love us.....A friend in need is a friend indeed...as we all know.....If your friend is a true friend then you are lucky. Few friends just make use of us for there necessity and next never turn out when we need such type of friends are waste. If we have a good and trusted friend with whom you can be yourself then it means a lot for us. We can share everything with them....and there friendship lasts for ever and friends of such type are needed and important in life....If we have one such in life enough we can live our life happily............
• India
10 Nov 09
No I don't think it's important. If you have some genuine friends then it's different but if you don't have any then there is nothing to worry about or cry a lot. All are not so lucky in this world. Like I myself. I have never got true friends in my life. Not a single One I find who never disturbs me and hurts me. So I stop making friends. But some students of me never let me down when I need assistance to them. So I am thankful to them. But there is one problem you cannot share your deepest feelings or ideas to them. So I have sacrificed it and living fine.
@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
friends are very important, they make us whole. to those that say nay, that ain't true. We are social beings and we are very dependent on our existing family and friends. Friends, though, acqauntances, are very important in our well being. they may provide us gloomy experiences but because of these, we become a better person because of them.
@rusty2rusty (6751)
• Defiance, Ohio
10 Nov 09
Yes friends are importnat. but so is family. As both are important part of making relationships and other stuff. Friends are important as they tent o be people you can connect to differently than your family. Where family you feel obligated to help out and be there when needed. Even if you don't like that family member. Friends you help because you want to, not because you want to.
• Italy
10 Nov 09
A wise man said " The most poor person in this world is not that who dont have a single penny but the person who dont have a single true friend" Our blood relations and family is not our own choice all that relations are God gifted and whether we like them or not they are our relatives but its the friends whom we choose according to our wishes and interests so they are much more capable to understand us and help us in our hard times. My friends are most important part of my life.
• India
10 Nov 09
Friends are very important because they do know more about us than our relatives and friends are the ones who offer help to the most extent than relatives when it comes to help.
• United States
10 Nov 09
I do think friends are important. I feel like sometimes you can tell friends things that you wouldn't want to tell your mom or dad. Also you can hang out with friends and have fun and do things you might not want to do with your parents. I think friends are a very important thing in your life and I think everyone needs friends.