Some people prefer to be together with several friends, while others are prone to hang out with quantities of friends. Both of them have their own merits. Spending time with a number of friends, you are able to have more topics to chat, do some interesting group games and it may be more fun. By spending time with them, you lean towards to broaden your horizon, enrich your knowledge, and refine your taste. However, I would still choose to go out with one or two friends, for it would let me make several true friends and it would be freer and more relax.
Friends are easy to make but difficult to maintain. It is easy to make several new friends when I hang out with a couple of people, but the friendship is tangible and stop easily if I just go out with them once. Meanwhile, there would be more chances for me to chat with the friend when I just hang out with him or her only. I can know my friends, her hobby, personality, ambition or life goal, and these kinds of topics individuals will not talk about in front of many people. Therefore, we are prone to build deeper relationship, which will be easy to maintain and develop in the future. And for me, true friends are much more important than those who just have fun, but can not share my happiness or sadness.
Negotiation is always needed when I have time with many friends. Sometimes I even have to do things that I do not want to. Like once, I went out with a couple of friends, some of whom wanted to have fun in the bar. I am definitely not that kind of party girl, and I wanted to refuse them. But my friends insisted to go there, so I finally gived up. And that was really an awful memory. However, when I go out with one or two friends who have same hobbies as me, we can go to places that all of us want, shop in the malls that both of us like, do sports that we all good at, watch movies that interest both of us. It is more relax and freer compared with going out with many friends.
To sum up, it is true that I can have more friends by spending time with numbers of people, while true friends who have same interests as me and who can share my feelings is what I really appreciate and need.
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