GT Writing Task 2 (Essay Writing) Sample # 41
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people believe that nowadays we have too many choices.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Model Answer 1: [Agreement]
We live in a world which has been tremendously shaped by the unparalleled advancements of technology and globalisation which in turn have revolutionised the way we live and make our choices- both little and big. Without any doubt, we have an incredible number of alternatives to pick from and this freedom of choice has enriched our lifestyle in the best possible way and it has also increased the global resources.
The advancement of technology has enabled us to get accurate information from the internet anytime we want. We have an unimaginable number of resources online that we can access instantly and this freedom enables us to make informed decisions in every step in our life. We can decide what should be our next holiday destination, which store offers our favourites merchandise at a cheaper price, which university offers an online degree that we need and thus the potential to enrich our lives with the help of technology is virtually limitless. Other technological advancements have enabled us to grow more crops, cook new dishes, preserve them and reduce the world’s hunger issue more conveniently.
In the present era, technology and globalisation and their benefits have exponentially expanded the number of options we can avail in different fields like education, food, transport, treatment, entertainment, jobs and business. For example, the number of majors a university offers and the related jobs and business opportunities in the future are incredible. We can enter in jobs that were never offered in the past and not to mention the impact of business opportunities due to globalisation and widespread acceptance of it. Moreover, we can produce crops and vegetables around the year and effective preservation methods have benefitted human population with the provision of significant types of edibles during the entire year. Faster transportation system leads to a revolution in transport hubs around the world and we can visit our friends and family more frequently than ever before and talk to them anytime we want no matter the distance.
In conclusion, we are blessed with so many options to pick from in this modern era and the innovation of technology is increasing the list day by day. We should just be careful and prudent enough to choose the best for us in personal life and for the entire human race for our overall progress.
Model Answer 2: [Disagreement]
People in the modern world, without any doubt, are blessed with technology and an incredible range of consumer products which they use in their daily life. From this perspective, it seems like we have so many choices in our life while the truth is hidden underneath and quite the contrary. I believe sometimes we are overwhelmed with our options to buy trivial things while we are restricted in making important life choices.
To begin with, we have the internet to look for information and get our questions answered. In the past, we were required to go to a library or talk to our teachers to get an answer. From this perspective, it seems quite obvious that we now have better freedom to get information from the internet and it is not an exaggeration to say that our choices are far vast now than the past. However, the World Wide Web is still not accessible by a vast majority of the world population and not all the online information publicly available are authentic and genuine. Fabricated and fake news and information that we see or read online trigger the social chaos and remind us how a plethora of information can sometimes be misleading than helpful.
No doubt we have many satellite channels to enjoy, different brands to buy our dresses and fashion items from, different dishes in restaurants and many choices to take a job but the options of choices are restrained to trivial issues. For example, we have a lot of dishes for our dinner at a restaurant but when it comes to eating organic and farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, the options are limited. Similarly, we have different career options to pick from but when we want to do the job in our hometown or start a business, the options are restricted.
In conclusion, freedom of important choices like career, healthy food, living place and access to genuine information is far more important than our choices of plenty of consumer goods. Wistfully, we have many options of such trivial choices these days while not so much in making vital decisions.