The internet allows us to stay connected with each other no matter where we are. On the other hand, it also isolates us and encourages people not to socialise. To what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements?
There is no doubt that the internet has changed the way people communicate with each other. Wifi is available almost everywhere for free and people stay connected via their smart phones and other devices through social network sites such as Facebook, twitter, Wechat etc.
There are multiple benefits to being constantly connected with the family and friends. Many individuals live away from home due to work or studies. This allows them to bridge the distance by reporting their daily news to the people that matter most to them. We also have the opportunity to network, meet new friends from a different country and reconnect with old friends online.
Unfortunately, people have become addicted to the internet and have replaced this form of communication with going out or meeting their friends face-to-face. They prefer to sit at home and chat with many friends online rather than making the effort to meet up with them. In some cases, even when they do go out with their friends, instead of talking to them they chat to others on their phone, send them photos of their drink or even upload pictures of their meal. They are too busy trying to show others they are enjoying themselves rather than experiencing the moment with their friends.
I believe it is important to keep in touch with your family and friends on a daily basis but this should not be at the cost of socialising face-to-face. The internet isolates individuals and gives them the impression that they are being sociable.
Question taken from, The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS for Academic & General Training p.120