Thursday, 25 July 2013

Academic Writing - Model Answer (Task 2)

Advances in science and technology and other areas of society in the last 100 years have transformed the way we live as well as postponing the day we die. There is no better time to be alive than now. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
We are able to live a longer, healthier life than in the past when life expectancy was short and life was difficult. This does not however mean that life today is not without its challenges and anxieties.
Our life has been made considerable easier and more convenient at home. We have washing machines, ovens, kettles and vacuum cleaners that are efficient and save time. The same could be said in the workplace where the internet, emails and video conferencing have transformed the work environment. Similarly, medicine has advanced to the point of curing fatal diseases that used to kill thousands in the past.
Even though we are better off today in terms of comfort and ease, people are more stressed than ever before. They work longer hours, there is more competition and people struggle to keep up with the latest trends. As a result, today’s generation is prone to heart disease, cancer and obesity. In the past people lived simpler lives but the types of problems they faced were similar to those faced today.
In my opinion it is up to each individual to enjoy their short time on earth as best as they can irrespective of which time period they are born into. Medicine and technology have lifted some of our concerns but our modern lifestyle has introduced new sets of problems. Technology has alienated humans depriving them of vital social interaction. One has to wonder if all these advances have actually improved our quality of life, or if they have made things worse for us.
Question taken from Focus on IELTS, Longman p.134

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