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IELTS  8  Writing Model Essay (Free sample)

Test 2 Task 2 Question

Write about the following topic:

Nowadays the way many people interact with each other has changed because of technology.

In what ways has technology affected the types of relationship people make?

Has this become a positive or negative development?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Test 2 Task 2 Model Essay by an Expert Two

As a direct result of the recent developments in communication technology, people have more, longer-lasting relationships. This has both positive and negative outcomes, but is largely a positive development in society.

Technological developments such as the invention of mobile phones and the prevalence of social media have made it much easier to connect with people. This means that people have more relationships in total, and those relationships tend to last longer, even if they might be on a very casual basis. Due to technological advances, people no longer lose touch with family or friends who move away, since it’s now very easy to Skype or call people, even if they live abroad. Relationships with mere acquaintances can also be maintained on a casual basis, through interactions on social media sites. Thus, it is easier for people to stay in touch with people who might otherwise have disappeared from their lives.

Despite these positive impacts, it is difficult to ignore the media scaremongering claiming that human relationships are suffering due to modern technology. Doom-mongers claim that people are becoming so obsessed with their mobile phones and social media that they no longer want to spend time building meaningful relationships through face-to-face interactions. However, there is actually very little evidence of this in reality. Most people still prefer to interact face-to-face, and see technology as an alternative, where real-life interactions are not possible.

Technology is certainly changing our interpersonal interactions, and the relationships that we build. Overall, the result has been positive, with people being able to build and maintain more relationships in total, and stay in touch with people, no matter where they are in the world.

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