You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Modern technology is changing our world. This has advantages such¬†as bringing people closer together through communication. It also has¬†disadvantages such as destroying the differences between cultures. To¬†what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Give reason for your answer and include any relevant examples¬†from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Modern technology with its advantages and disadvantages has changed today’s world enormously.¬†Communication allows people all over the world to stay in contact with each other. For instance, I can¬†easily exchange e-mails with a good friend of mine who recently had to move back to her mother¬†country, Malaysia. Furthermore, if I have to make a really important decision or something is¬†bothering me, I simply have to press the buttons on my mobile phone in order to ask my parents or a¬†good friend for advice.
Additionally, technology remarkably contributes towards making everyday procedures more convenient¬†as well as helping to transmit messages rapidly. For example, an appointment that cannot be met due to¬†an unexpected incident can quickly be cancelled by writing a text message or, in terms of business,¬†employees can send an e-mail cancelling or postponing a meeting which will be received within seconds¬†by their business partners.
While improvements in technology are, to a large extent, helpful, they do¬†have a disadvantageous side to them. The most significant disadvantage is the westernisation of¬†traditional cultures, which we can see in the growing number of fast food outlets for example. We can¬†also see this in the way that foreign words are being incorporated into local languages.
On the whole, I agree to a great extent that technology is¬†bringing people closer together and this can only be a good thing, but the¬†disadvantage is that people may take ideas from other cultures and forget their¬†own traditions.