Some people think the latest technology for home entertainment such as sophisticated TVs, high-speed internet connections and tablets are having a negative impact on people's lives, especially young people. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Young people are addicted to modern technology. The modern home is equipped with fast internet connection that supports digital television, tablets and other gadgets. As a result children and teenagers spend most of their time indoors preoccupied with this type of entertainment.
Being glued to a screen for long periods bring about health problems such as bad eye sight, a sore back and hands. Youngsters do not get enough exercise and fresh air which is unhealthy for them. Their social skills are also affected as they do not interact with others and they do not form groups so their understanding of team spirit is limited. Finally their imagination suffers because they play repetitive games and watch programmes that do not contribute towards their education but merely wastes their time.
Having the latest technology at home means that youngsters are up-to-date with the most recent trends and are familiar with technology which will help them later on in their lives when they enter the job market. They may also be able to improve their language skills as they learn new words effortlessly, interact with others around the globe, think and react fast and gain some knowledge from programmes such as National Geographic.
Generally speaking, however, I believe that home entertainment has little to offer to young people other than entertainment. The negative impact in terms of health and anti-social behaviour is great. Home entertainment is creating a nation of youngsters that are overweight, unimaginative, lack confidence and like to spend time alone.
Question taken from Direct to IELTS, Student's Book p.51