GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 305
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
More and more young people use the Internet to socialise.
Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
An increasing number of young adults nowadays use the internet for social interaction. This essay would argue that this is a negative development because it cannot hold real dialogue and cannot build community as a result.
The internet does not encourage a climate of real dialogue among the youngsters. On social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and so on, what young people do can be labelled as superficial. That is to say that young people just listen to what they are willing to hear. Social media, in fact, is like a huge room of mirrors, where they meet people but do not make real interactions.
Moreover, both establishing and erasing contacts on social media is extremely easy. In real life, this is not an easy task as young people need to face up to what they do. On the internet, they do not need to deal with that. There is an exchange of views, but no dialogue. There are different opinions, but no constructive debate. It actually creates an illusion of being connected with others when they are not.
Likewise, social media cannot create community. It invites teenagers to publicise themselves, to show who they are. But they choose only the most presentable sides to show others. Young people build small community groups that they manage at their whim. They are like dictators in the kingdom of their account, and they are the ones who determine who ought to be there and who ought to be not. It does not really matter to them if they unfriend anyone. Thus, the internet fails to build a real community.
In conclusion, it seems evident that socialising using the internet and social networking platforms is a negative phenomenon as these virtual interactions cannot create real dialogue as well as a community.