Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The extended family (grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles) is less important now than it was in the past. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
The family has always been a significant part of every society, and family members' relations with each other can considerably impact individuals` lives. Various parameters influence the interaction between family members; this interaction has changed throughout history. A kind of families which there are different opinions about its changes is extended family. While some people believe that in the past extended family was more important, others think nowadays it has the same value as before. In my opinion, in modern life, extended families are not important anymore, and there are a couple of reasons for that. First of all, growing technology has affected our lives and changed some rules about them. Today, technology introduces new attractive devices to human beings which can fill most of their time during the day, so individuals do not have sufficient time to communicate with extended family, and the lack of time increases the distances between them. For example, when I was a child, I spent all my vacations with my grandparents, but these days my children prefer to spend their spare time in front of the television or playing computer games. Additionally, human lifestyle has changed, and it impacts family members' interactions. in recent years, with the growth of population, most people live in small apartments which have enough spaces just for three or four people, but in the past, extended family members live with each other in large houses, so they visit each other more than now, as a result of that, they have significant roles in each other lives. In modern lives, extended family members see each other rarely, even though some do not know each other; for example, I have a four years old cousin whom I have not seen until now due to his house being far away from ours. To sum up, these days, the extended family has lost its importance because of the new technologies that will take communication's place; also, modern life changes our lifestyle. Today we live far away from our families so we can not see them like before.
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