Some people think that the increasing use of computers and mobile phones for communication has had a negative effect on young people’s reading and writing skills. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Nowadays, some electronic devices, such a computers and mobile phones are widely used in the society. However, whether overuse of these devices will have negative effect on young people’s literacy skills remains a controversial issue. I agree with view that these young people may lose some of these skills if they use these things improperly.
Firstly, it is obvious that being addicted with phones and computers for casual chatting is time-consuming, which results in less time for reading. Some young addicts spend hours chatting with their friends, which takes up their reading time and gradually leads to the loss of interest in reading. Then their reading skills will be degraded.
Moreover, another negative effect is on writing skills. As some young people have become used to a kind of lazy language which consists of inaccurate spelling and wrong grammar, they might use this casual-communication-based language for formal writing unconsciously. As a result, their writing appears unacceptable and unprofessional in many formal settings.
Of course, for those who know how to take advantage of these kinds of communication tools, there might be fewer negative effects. Some young users smartly use the devices to work with their teams on their school projects. During the process they share and discuss useful reading materials for their essays or proofread one another’s writings. The communication tools in this case can contribute to better literacy skills.
In sum, if computers and mobile phones are frequently used for activities like chatting, it is possible that the overuse will adversely affect young people’s reading and writing skills. On the other hand, the proper use of these communication tools may present a positive effect.
There are social, medical and technical problems associated with the use of mobile phones. What forms do they take? Do you agree that the problems outweigh the benefits of the mobile phone?
Nowadays, the increasing popularity of mobile phones seem to be an unstoppable trend. However, whether the social, medical and technical dilemmas it causes will outweigh the benefits remains a controversial issue. My view is that despite the detrimental aspects, we can not just discard the little tiny tools.
First, it is obvious that the mobile phones have tremendously promoted and facilitated our communications, bridging the gap between people no matter how far away they are separate from each other. With mobile phones, businessmen can negotiate without bothering travelling long distance to meet; parents can know where their kids are at any time. If we do not have the devices, communication would definitely pose a significant obstacle to our social development.
Moreover, integrated with the cutting-edge Internet technologies, the mobile phones can be treated as little computers in people’s pockets. After installing varied apps, it can help navigate the route when driving, interact with friends with text, images and videos, and even act as an office assistant dealing with emails and office documents – the list is endless. Therefore, the mobile phones have become an integral part of our life.
That is not to say that we could disregard the negative aspects. It has been reported that some heart diseases, indulging in virtual world, invading the individual’s privacy are caused by overuse of phones. But any way, to be honest, all powerful technologies should be harnessed strictly under regulations.
In sum, mobile phones are just indispensable to our daily life; meanwhile, though the pros clearly outweigh the cons, the problems should be handled by efforts. Only by doing so can wen ensure that we can utilise the devices smartly, making our society more convenient and interesting.
The use of mobile phone is as antisocial as smoking. Smoking is banned in certain places so mobile phones should be banned like smoking. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Nowadays, mobile phones are indispensable in our modern life. However, whether the use of these devices is antisocial remains a controversial issue. I agree with the view that the argument is unfair and the device does not cause the same amount of harm to the society as smoking, so banning the use is not a considerate idea.
Firstly, it is obvious that people mainly use the communication device to keep in touch with each others, such as their family, friends and coworkers. This is totally different from smoking which to a large extent is just for one’s relaxation. Therefore banning cell phones in this sense is against the social needs.
Moreover, the use of phones will not cause such serious health risks as smoking. Despite of the fact that mobile phones’ radiation leakage may be high when using it to call, it definitely is not as detrimental as lung cancer, asthma and other fatal disease. Therefore, the use of phones is relatively safe.
That is not to say that someone who holds the view that the cell phones are antisocial are completely unacceptable. Actually they have become the source of noise pollution in various circumstances. Students playing on their phones in class, for example, would cause trouble to other students and the teachers to concentrate. So this kind of behaviour should be prohibited.
In sum, though the disturbance and other detriment caused by mobile phones need restriction and caution, the important of using them is undeniable, so the treatment should not be the same as smoking’s.
It is now possible to perform everyday tasks such as banking, shopping and business transactions without meeting people face to face. What effects may it have on the individual and society as a whole?
Nowadays, the Internet has impacted on our daily life far more significantly than any other technologies. However, whether the individual and social dilemmas it causes outweigh the benefits remains a controversial issue. I agree with the view that despite the detrimental aspects, we cannot just refuse to enter the brand new world.
First, it is obvious that the online life style has made our life definitely more convenient. With a click of mouse, for example, we can easily transfer cash to another account without bothering the bank clerk, or order some commodities in the online shop and wait for the delivery with ease. Therefore, more and more people, no matter what ages or from what society class, are prone to rely on Internet.
Whereas, there are also some acute facts that entwine with the popularity of the World Wide Web. If netizen addicts to the computer completely, they may indulge in the virtual world, and lose the capacity to communicate with others in the real world. Meanwhile, sitting in front of computer may also bring along the sedentary lifestyle, which will make people lack of physical exercises, and thus cause severe problems like weaker eyesight and radiation.
Personally, I think we should achieve a balance between the Internet’s benefits and risks. We should send short messages to our friends as well as finding opportunities to meet and chat in person. We should not only embrace the new things, but keep the merits of traditional one.
In sum, like other powerful tools, the Internet has the potential to create positive and negative outcomes. What is important is to teach users how to fully harness the power of the technology and be aware of the shortcoming of it and avoid it. Only by doing so can we ensure that we can find a way to be the master of Internet and not vice versa.
The range of technology is increasing the gap between the rich and the poor. To what extent do you agree?
Nowadays, modern technology is playing an important role in the economic development in many countries. However, whether it has increased the gap between the rich and poor remains a controversial issue. I agree with the view that despite the existence of poverty, technology undoubtedly helps bridge the gap between the two.
First, it is obvious that technology enables people to boost the efficiency and productivity, consequently making more wealth than ever before. With the high speed of automobiles, for example, human resources and materials have been transferred rapidly, and thus the economic growth has been promoted. Therefore, every country in the world pays a great amount of attention to the technological research and application in order to make itself prosperous.
Moreover, new technology also indeed provides more education opportunities to people who live in rural areas and were not used to get adequate knowledge. With the help of Internet, these people are now able to obtain updated and crucial information that can teach them new skills. If they are still kept isolated from the fast-growing world, they will of course lag behind permanently.
That is not to say that new technology can settle all the economic and social dilemmas we are facing today. New technologies sometimes pose significant obstacles to poor or new comers because in some circumstances, new high-tech productions need enormous fund, manpower and experiences which are far more beyond the capacity of them. But to be honest, there are still a wide range of niche markets available for them.
In sum, we should fully harness the power of new technology to eliminate the impartial factors in the society; meanwhile, government should take other measures, like taxation leverage, to help the weak group develop. Only by doing so can we ensure that we can set up a comfortable place beneficial to all walks of life in the society.
Motorised flight is the greatest invention in the modern world. No other invention has had a more significant impact on our lives. Do you agree or disagree?
Nowadays, flight has become the most effective and commonly used method for travelling around. However, whether it is the most significant invention up-to-date remains a controversial issue. I agree with the view that in comparison with computer, the impact of it can not be considered the greatest among all inventions.
Firstly, it is obvious that the computer science has fundamentally changed the way we live, work and entertain in less than 50 years, which is much shorter than the development process of aeroplanes. With the power of Internet, for example, people can meet and communicate momentarily without bothering going out for long-distance travel. Therefore the Internet technology brings great convenience to ordinary people, and thus tremendously boost the productivity in the society.
Moreover, the modern aviation itself has mainly depended on the progress of cutting-edge information system to provide high-quality services to their customers. This is because almost all sectors within the aviation industry, including the billing system, aeroplane-controlled management, financial and materials management, are underpinned by the information system. If there were no modern information technology, the aviation would not be developing into business giant or even does not exist today.
That is not to say that the motorised flight is not important as it indeed plays an essential role in the varied transportation tools with its high-speed and across-ocean delivery. It actually facilitates the transport, and promotes the economic growth, but to be honest, it only makes things different in transportation field.
In sum, computer technology undoubtedly pools all the human intelligence to help us embrace the brand-new world; whereas, aviation is only considered as the most efficient way of travelling. Only the basic scientific innovation is eligible to be the greatest invention after all.
Public museums and art galleries are not needed because people can see historical objects and artistic works by using computers. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Nowadays, with the widespread of the Internet technology, people can visit the museums and galleries online website to see the historical collections. However, whether this sort of art appreciation would one day replace the real ones remains a controversial issue. I agree with the view that regardless of the convenience of online collections, the traditional expositions are still indispensable.
Firstly, it is obvious that only concrete museums can provide a both holistic and detailed view of varied items in front of visitors. This is because no matter how real and vivid computer images are, they are only digital signals that are in form of pictures, videos or texts, not the works that we see with our own eyes and even touch with our own fingertips. Therefore, museums and galleries are the main places of various kinds of collections.
Moreover, scientific research also primarily relies on the real objects rather than the Internet images. For example, with careful inspection of paper texture, the real size of pictures, etc, scientists are capable to dig the hidden information from the famous portrait painting, Mona Lisa. Frankly, the job can not be done via the second-hand images in the computer.
That is not to say that the online museums are useless. For many people who are keen on historical objects and artistic works but live far away from them, they only have the chances to see them by the modern technology. But to be honest, this will not impress them as greatly as the real things.
In sum, virtual images will never be able to take the position of the real public museums and art galleries; meanwhile, we have to admit the fact that the online collections indeed can help some particular people in some particular circumstances. We should not only fully harness the dissemination power of Internet, but attract visitors into the concrete museums.
Many people work at home using modern technology today. Some people think only the workers benefit from this, not the employers. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Nowadays, the flourishing development of high-tech facilities enable employees to work at home. However, whether this work style will benefit workers only remains a controversial issue. I agree with the view that both of employers and workers would benefit from this.
Firstly, it is obvious that allowing workers stay at home during working time will dramatically reduce the operation cost, and consequently increase the profits of organisations. This is because when few staffs work together, the employers can cut down expenses by reducing office renting, accommodation and transportation fees. Therefore, once there are distance-working system and related regulations, working at home should be welcome in companies.
Likewise, employees are more likely to do things in their home offices as they can arrange their tasks freely. Without stress from other colleagues, people can take their time sitting comfortably, making schedules and doing work without interruption. As long as they can finish their jobs in time, staffs would prefer to work at home with ease.
That is not say that there are no disadvantages for the employers to adopt this working method. When it comes to the team spirits among workers, it is difficult to connect and collaborate with each other within the team as everyone has less chances to communicate or discuss face to face. But honestly, this shortcoming can be overcome by deploying communication system deliberately.
In sum, businessman should fully harness the great power of modern technology to maximise their business target; meanwhile, they also need to circumscribe the deficiency of it. Only by doing so can we ensure that we can create an efficient commercial environment beneficial to both sides.
The Internet has as many disadvantages as it does advantages. To what extent do you agree with this statement?
Since its development in the 1970s, the Internet has become a key tool for obtaining information and for communication all over the world. The Internet has both advantages and disadvantages but, overall, I believe the advantages are stronger than the disadvantages.
Firstly, the Internet has made work and social life much easier. Sending emails and using video conferencing in the workplace have made business quicker and more efficient. For example, in the past, people often had to travel long distances for meetings and now they can video call instead. Also, the Internet makes it easier to keep in contact with family and friends through email and social networking websites. People can give friends and relatives their news quickly and easily. In addition, meetings, parties and social events for large groups of people are easier to organize in this way. Finally, finding out information online is much quicker than visiting libraries or making expensive phone calls.
On the other hand, people claim the Internet has disadvantages. Some people say that the Internet makes people lazy. For example, people now do lots of things online, like shopping and socializing, when it might be better for them to do these things in the ‘real’ world. Furthermore, the Internet contains a lot of information which is not correct. This is because anyone can put anything they want on the Internet and it is not always checked for accuracy or truth. Users need to be sure that the websites they look at are reliable sources of information.
In conclusion, although it has advantages and disadvantages the Internets has made life so much easier in so many ways, that as long as people know how to use it effectively, it can be an excellent tool.
It is generally believed that the Internet is an excellent means of communication but some people suggest that it may not be the best place to find information. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Using the Internet has become a normal part of everyday life for many people. They use it to book airline tickets, or to access news about world events, or to follow the fortunes of their favorite football club. Millions of people across the world belong to social networking groups where they keep in touch with their friends and, if they live away from them, their family. In my opinion these are all good way to use the Internet.
When it comes to finding out information there are some very good sites where it is possible to check, for example, someone’s biographical details or statistics about global warming. However, information from the Internet should be used with caution, because although there are many reliable sites, such as academic journals and well-known newspapers, there are also unreliable ones, so it is important to check where information originates from before using it.
Some students use websites which offer ready-made assignments. This is not a good idea, even if you ignore the fact that it is cheating, because such websites may contain factual errors or biased views. In a recent case, a student found herself in serious trouble when she submitted an essay from one of these sites only to discover that it was about Austria, not Australia, but had an error in the title.
Nevertheless, it is nowadays possible for people all over the world to study or do business on an equal footing, in a way that was unimaginable only a few years ago. On the whole I believe that the Internet is an excellent way both to communicate and to find information, as long as it is used intelligently.
New technologies and ways of buying and selling are transforming the lives of consumers. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
New technologies, and in particular the Internet, are undoubtedly having a major impact on the way goods and services are bought and sold. In many countries, buying products online has become a mainstream activity. Now in the UK, for example, roughly 12 per cent of all retail trade is conducted on line. While some maintain that the actual impact of the Internet on shopping is negligible, I would argue that it is in fact quite significant for two main reasons.
The first main reason is that the development of online shopping has meant that the market for goods available to the individual has grown exponentially. It is possible to buy virtually anything from what has effectively become a world-wide retail market: exotic foods, art works, rare books, adventure holidays; the list is endless. Products that were once moly available to those who lived in large cosmopolitan cities with a wide variety of shops can now be bought by those living in small towns with few local amenities.
Another significant reason is that the buyer can have more control over the process. Price comparison websites make it easier to find bargains. Shopping can be done at any time of the day or night, and shoppers can potentially become more astute and knowledgeable about the products they are buying. Because of the greater competition involved in trading within a large market, sellers may have to improve the quality of their products.
In short, experience suggests that online shopping has shifted the balance of power in favour of the consumer. Consumers not only have wider access to goods but also have greater access to information and more control over how they shop.