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You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The charts below show information about honey-bee colonies and honey production in the US.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.
Write about the following topic.
Modern forms of communication such as email and messaging have reduced the amount of time people spend seeing their friends. This has had a negative effect on their social lives.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
The charts give information about the number of bee colonies in the United States and how much honey they produced between 1970 and 2010.
In 1970, there were 4 million bee colonies in the country, and this rose to approximately 4.2 million in 1980. However, over the next 30 years, this number decreased by more than a million every ten years. This meant that in 2010, there were about 1.8 million colonies left.
During the same period, the amount of honey which the colonies produced also dropped. In 1970, American bees produced 130,000 tons of honey. This fell by 20,000 tons to 110,000 tons in 1980. However, in the next ten years, honey production rose to 120,000 tons in 1980. It then dropped to just 70,000 tons in 2010.
Overall, the charts show that both the number of colonies and the amount of honey which bees make have fallen during the 40-year period. However, the relationship is not an exact one, because when colonies increased in 1980, honey production fell, while when colonies decreased in 1990, honey production rose.
Electronic messaging and email have changed our social lives and the way we communicate with our friends. However, it is not at all certain that our social lives are worse as a result. In many ways, they are better.
In the past, people communicated by letter or by phone. They used to meet and see each other only when they had time. Because people led busy lives, often they did not have any communication with some of their friends for months. As a consequence their relationships suffered.
Nowadays, we can be in constant contact with all our friends using social websites and instant messaging without even leaving our rooms. As a result, our social relationships are much closer. For example, in my case, I spend about an hour chatting to friends from all over the world every day on my computer. I know how they are, what they are thinking and what they are doing.
In the past, this was not possible, and I might have communicated with some of these friends only once or twice a year. I think it is also difficult to argue that modern forms of communication have reduced the amount people see each other. In my experience, the amount people go out and meet each other has increased. It has become easier to organise parties, and young people especially are able to introduce their friends to each other and in this way increase their social circle.
In conclusion, I disagree entirely with the statement in the question and firmly believe that modern communications have greatly improved people’s social lives.