TOPIC: In many nations, people in huge cities either live alone or in a small family unit, instead of in large, extended family groups. Is this a positive or negative trend?
In recent years, it’s recognized that in most of developing cities, people prefer to live in a small family unit or even live apart from family, rather than stay at extended families. This can come with both benefits and drawbacks.
On the one hand, living alone or in a small family unit can bring plenty of negative developments for both individuals and society. People following this trend are likely to have the feeling of isolation or loneliness. It’s resulted from less communicated, not enough social conversations when they spend most of the time for themselves or their small family, which also might lead to the neglect of relatives or neighborhood in emergent cases such as diseases or robbery. Another disadvantage could be that family bond between family members is under threatened. Since adults or youngsters don’t share the same roof with older generations, they are lack of essential interactions to build up the family relationship.
On the other hand, people found several positive effects from this lifestyle. Learning or strengthening survival skills is extremely beneficial for young adults. The life of a student living away from home is a good example. While his parents are worried about their son whether he could adapt well in new society, a freshman like him, who is less reliant on their parents when moving out, become be an independent person by acquiring critical skills from cooking skill to monthly financial balance. Separating from extend families also burden finance shoulder for breadwinners, who may work longer hours or multiple jobs to cover the daily expenses for whole family.
In conclusion, people are free to opt for the appropriate life by considering both sides of those lifestyles