The difference between parents and friends

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The difference between parents and friends

But even though we like to think of friends as our chosen family, we still communicate with friends and family members differently, according to a study from Oxford University. Maintaining friendships requires frequent communication to create even a low-level emotional bond, and therefore friendships may actually be more fragile than family relationships.

More Frequent Contact with Friends Though Roberts and Dunbar found that family relationships withstand the test of time, participants in their study still contacted friends more frequently than kin.

Adults generally tend to expend more energy on friendships than family relationships, knowing that family ties are already strong and that maintaining friendship requires more contact.

Unmediated Communications A study by Applications Research at Motorola found that participants in a family household were more likely to control their availability to family members outside the household via phone or email.

Participant communication was often due to a sense of obligation, and it often had a goal-oriented focus, such as a phone conversation to determine a meeting time and place.

Participants admitted to avoiding communication with specific family members outside of the home whom they disliked or did not want to see. But though the study included close friends, participants did not experience as much anxiety surrounding communication with friends via technology or explicitly avoid communication with friends.

This shows that friends are more likely to agree on set boundaries than family members, who may disagree about how much contact they should have. Not Choosing Though family members may have many similarities, some family members are very different from each other in personality, taste or behavior.

Though peers provide an important support system for teens, Kemmet says this does not mean that parents grow any less important to their children during the adolescent years.

Family Relationships Predict Friendships Roberts and Dunbar found that individuals in their study with larger families were likely to have larger networks of friends as well, with a lower level of emotional closeness overall.

Individuals with smaller family networks were likely to have a small but emotionally close network of friends. In a similar vein, Andrew Ledbetter of Ohio State University found in a study that family-communication patterns predicted adult patterns of communication with friends.

For example, young adults with more conversational families maintained a greater amount of face-to-face interaction in extra-familial relationships than those with less-conversational families.Friendship vs Relationship. As a human being, we make many acquaintances and friends and we get into many relationships by virtue of marriage, raising a family, and by simply falling into love.

One of the most fascinating things about humanity is the incredible difference there is between the mindset of men and women, they almost come from two different worlds and this is the reason why it is said that women come from Venus and men come from Mars.

Face-to-face interactions between a parent and child are the building blocks of the child’s emotional, social, and cognitive growth. It’s about setting limits So go ahead and surf, post, Tweet, text, email, and chat – some of the time. Friends With Benefits. A friends-with-benefits set-up has been the center of many romantic comedy movie plots.

The idea of having a friend with benefits is that it provides the sexual intimacy and companionship that a romantic relationship between a boyfriend and girlfriend is expected to have, but without the expectation of commitment or deep feelings.

The difference between parents and friends

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Being a parent is often described as the hardest, yet most rewarding, experience a person can have. There are many ways that a person can become a parent: giving birth, adoption, third party reproduction, fostering, etc.

Becoming a parent is a huge transition, one that most people are not prepared for.

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