WRITING TASK 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
The use of social media, e.g. Facebook and Twitter, is replacing face-to-face contact for many people in everyday life. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?
You should write at least 250 words.
These days, face-to-face communication is being replaced with online conversations using social media apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp or Tumblr. It seems to me that the benefits these technologies have brought to our lives are overshadowed by their drawbacks.
In terms of the advantages, social networking sites may be beneficial for maintaining contacts and assisting marketing and business work. First of all, social media has made it much easier for us to keep in touch with our loved ones, regardless of geographic location. Students studying abroad, for example, can contact their families and friends on a daily basis using the video call features of Skype, Facebook or various other apps. Social media is also a possibly powerful tool in marketing and business. In fact, in this digital age, companies can keep their clients updated on newly released products or promotions by posting their campaigns on Facebook or Instagram, which often helps save a great deal of time and expense compared to the traditional methods of advertising in newspapers or magazines.
Despite the above benefits, I personally believe that when it comes to communication, social media does more harm than good. First and foremost, the overuse of social media tends to impair the quality of interpersonal communication. Many people are so addicted to social networking sites that they constantly stare at their screens during dinners with their families without paying any attention to the people around them. Moreover, the frequent use of social media regularly affects people’s style of speaking and writing, especially young people. Indeed, these days, many teenagers have a habit of using abbreviated words, which are frequently used in text messages or in posts on social media, in their academic essays or formal emails.
In conclusion, for the reasons mentioned above, I am of the opinion that the positive effects that social media has on our communication are outweighed by the disadvantages.