What do you think makes someone a good friend to a whole family?
A good person with better interpersonal skill, benevolent nature, amiable behaviours and humorous character can become a really good friend to a whole family. From my experience, I can say that such person has really good communication and interpersonal skills and that’s why they can become close to all family members regardless of their ages.
Do you think we meet different kinds of friends at different stages of our lives? In what ways are these types of friend different?
Yes, it is quite true. The type of friends we have in different stages of life greatly varies. In childhood, we make friends who live near us or study with us. The number of friends is quite high in childhood and they are mostly our playmates. We make comparatively fewer friends in schools and the preference is mostly based on common interests. In university level, we make many friends but the number starts reducing with the age. In old age, we have comparatively fewer friends but most of them are very close.
How easy is it to make friends with people from a different age group?
It is not that easy to make friends from different age groups in most of the cases. The age barrier sometimes brings issues that might ruin the friendship. The friendship among people of different age groups in adult age is common especially when people start their own career but this is comparatively fewer among students who mostly prefer to make friends of their age.
Do you think it is possible to be friends with someone if you never meet them in person?
Yes, it is quite possible and in fact, I have 3-4 friends from different countries whom I have never met. The pen friend is an old trend and making online friends is a comparatively recent trend. Though in most cases the friendship is not that strong, there are exceptions.
• Is this real friendship?
Definitely. This type of friendship has every sort of bonding and characteristics that a real-life friendship has except the fact that they do not meet in person. The online and pen friends can share almost anything with each other, communicate frequently, exchange gifts, wish good luck each other, have common interests and topics to talk about, care for each other and share happiness and sadness. I would say true online or distance friendship is possible even though they do not see each other in person.
What kind of influence can friends have on our lives?
That’s a nice question indeed. I do believe that we can learn about a person from the company he keeps. In other words, we can define someone from the characteristics his/ her friends have. From this regards, it is true that friends have enormous influences on our life. They can make our life worth living, they can influence us to become a better or worse person and they can make differences in a person’s life.
How important would you say it is to have friends from different cultures?
It is quite important in my opinion. Having friends from different cultures gives us an excellent opportunity to learn about the cultural diversity. It broadens our perspective and let us experience things and activities which would have otherwise impossible.