I find that me and my direct (parents, sister, and brother) family are each closer to our own individual friends than we are to our indirect family members (aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, etc). And I find it a tad bit disturbing really! :eek: We contact our friends and talk to them almost everyday, we do all sorts of favours for them, we spend time with them, and so on. But when it comes to our other family members we usually only speak over the phone in a family emergency, a get-together, or a family celebration / event.
Maybe it's just my family that are like this or maybe it happens with others too? I don't think it's anything to be ashamed of or embarrassed about, just something to think about and take action on.
What about you? Are your friends closer than your family?