Ditto everything said in the previous posts.
Personally, there is no way that straightening my hair would be easier than allowing it to be its naturally curly self. Furthermore, the damage you'll do to your hair with regular straightening is just awful.
It's YOUR hair. Don't let others tell you how you should wear it and take care of it. If you want to straighten then by all means, do it, but don't do it just to please others.