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Throughout our lives we interact in many and varied relationships These can range from intense emotional and physical interactions to casual acquaintances Our ability to bond congregate and network within these relationships is not restricted to the family or kin from whom we are born many are the result of friendships formed within our societal settings We develop friendship relationships within the work place sporting activities and shared community interests The commonality of interest can be in residential status class race gender and religious beliefs The formation of relationships can have a multitude of meanings and importance to the individual whether formed with family or friends So how do the importance of relationships between family and friends differ According to Baker 2001 p1 Our personal decisions and lifestyle choices are influenced in a myriad often hidden ways by what happens in the wider world This suggests that as individuals we need the influence of the outside world to assist in our decision-making processes However both family and friendship relationships offer a range of external social and internal private life networks from which the individual or group can access personal and social knowledge resources and support The difference in the level mannerism and depth of needs attended to by both family and friendship relationships must then be discussed to access the importance of each and the role it plays in the life of the individual and society Family and Friends 2 Friendship Goerg Simmel in G Little 1993 p31 saw friendship as pure sociability Simmell pictured society as a web of sociability a subtle balance of delicate exchanges it was only the name given to the comings and going of human beings the interchanges that simultaneously link and separate people Simmel further describes friends as artists claiming friends must commit themselves to communicating well putting all distraction aside Simmells description of friendship in society describes the way in which we communicate in our external lives
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