GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 219
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people believe that teenagers are facing more problems in their life than they did in the past and this is because parents are spending more time at work than at home.
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.
Young people always go through puberty and adolescence with some psychological problems. Some experts, however, think that the youths of today’s society are facing more challenges than ever because parents are not able to spend quality time with them at home. I agree with this viewpoint up to a point, but I also believe there are other compelling reasons for that issue.
To begin with, adolescence is the transition from childhood to maturity. In this critical juncture of life, the youths should get wholehearted support from their parents so that they can wrestle with the issues efficiently. Unfortunately, gone are the days when one parent was at work while the other stayed at home with offspring, but nowadays both parents need at least one job apiece. As a result, teenagers very often fail to take a cautious approach to the problems and thereby confronting more challenges than previous generations. For instance, a recent study has evidenced that teenagers who have both working parents are exposed to more adverse states of life due to lack of parental care, guidance and love.
However, the woeful inability of parents to spend adequate family time is not the only reason that contributes to the phenomenon. The overwhelming screen time also brings more problems for teenagers. Put simply, adolescents spend a lot of time online, whether it is on an internet-connected gaming system, a smartphone or a computer with the advent of the internet. In consequence, they squander the vital opportunity to develop essential skills to deal with the issues. An example here is the “interpersonal skill”. Teenagers, in most cases, cannot forge strong relationships due to the lack of interpersonal skill, which in turn, creates complexity in their lives. In addition to this, parental pressure is another prime cause. The world today has become cut-throat competitive and thereby, parents expect the adolescents to get good grades, excel in extracurricular activities and so on. This enormous pressure also creates more problems than in previous generations.
To conclude, although teens today confront more challenges because their parents lead a hectic life, there are other prominent factors such as technological advancement, parental pressure and so forth fuel it up. It is hoped that parents would spend more time with their children to offer mental support to overcome such obstacles.