Joint families: Advantages and Disadvantages
Joint families have been in the Indian culture for a very long time. But as time passes this system has been losing its popularity and need. In a joint family system all the family members and relatives live under one roof and share their property and finances. There are a lot of advantages and disadvantages of living in a joint family.
Living in a joint family is economical. The collective cooking, shelter and consumption of goods in large quantities cuts down the cost effectively. Living in a joint family secures the advantage of the division of labor. Every member in the family is given work according to his abilities. Every responsibility of family life is managed by all members of the family.
A joint family helps in building a lot of character and values. It nurtures values such as sacrifice, affection, co-operation, spirit of selflessness and broad mindedness. Since there are a lot of elderly family members the young generation are prevented from going through a rebellious phase or going astray. There is immense amount of understanding and mutual respect that is present for the smooth functioning of the family.
It is also very supportive emotionally. During difficult times there are many members of the family that can be counted on to fall back to. This prevents any sort of mental illness and depression.
All this being said there are strong reasons as to why the importance of joint families is reducing. In a joint family all the members do not put in their maximum effort which leads to family members not growing up to their full potential. It has also usually seen that orthodoxy is maintained in joint families. Due to this there is no room for change which can be for the better. New ideas are often frowned upon and there is no scope of individual development. This often leads to fights and quarrels which spoils the whole atmosphere of the house.
One more major disadvantage of joint family is that family members tend to get jealous in the long run. The jealousy can be due to a very petty reason such as praising from elders to more serious things. The promotion of other family members can be uncomfortable for others. Also there is very little room for privacy. Every individual is entitled for his privacy which is widely violated in joint families. This can cause irritation and frustration in the family members.
To conclude we can say that since in today’s modern world everyone wants to live their own life based on their own pace and terms, joint families may not sustain in the long run. On the other hand it is never harmful to give it a try and learn all the benefits you can from joint families.
Author: Niketha Mohan
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