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 role of extended families in people's persona cannot be disregarded. Controversy exists over whether extended families almost lost their significance among the people or not. From my vantage point, the role of the relatives—especially distant ones—is not noticeable as in the past because not only the eagerness to see them has faded out gradually, but also they have been replaced with long-distant relationships. To begin with, the position of relatives in people's lives is not bold anymore since, unlike in the past, one's effectiveness determines by his skills, not actually by his kin. That is to say, today's people prefer to focus on improving themselves instead of allocating time to greet their extended family members. So, one of the primary beneficial aspects of greeting relatives, the opportunities given by them to people in order to make their lives better, lost its importance; therefore, we have witnessed the declining rate of greeting among relatives. Second, the internet provides golden chances for internet-based friendships to overtake old-fashioned relations—such as frequently greeting among blood relations. In other words, contemporary people desire to communicate with others they want. My personal experience is a compelling illustration of this. The increment in my abilities and knowledge to work with internet-based media, the more friends I found based on our shared views. Hence, my connection to my extended family diminished gradually, and my new virtual friends fulfill the gap. For another instance, imagine a modern society in which people can easily and immediately speak to each other, despite geographical borders. because of this wide interval of options, people's companions are separated into many persons; thus, the greeting among relatives becomes less, and consequently, they lose their importance. In a nutshell, I firmly believe that relatives are not as remarkable as in the past. This is because they are no longer effective and instructive in one's life. In addition, they have been substituted by internet-based communications and relations.
Submitted by Alireza Shahidi on
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