Cambridge IELTS 8 Practice Tests Academic Writing Test 2 Sample Essay AnswerThroughout history we have seen how changes in technology have affected how people form and maintain personal relationships. It is nothing new; however, recent technology has had a deeper impact on our society due to a large focus on communication technology and the pace at which it has been introduced.
If we look back in time and imagine for a moment the impact the telephone first made when it was first introduced, we can imagine the marvel that it must have seemed; the fact you could simply dial a number and speak to another person in another city or country whereas before you would have probably had to write a letter. Of course nowadays we can not only speak to people all over the world but also see them at the same time through video calls.
Communication has certainly become easier and faster thanks to the internet, email, social media and similar applications, but we could also question if the quality of relationships based on this technology is any better than it was before. Many people believe that the lack of ‘personal contact’ in many relationships today leaves a lot to be desired. Physical proximity, the effort of visiting someone at their home and sitting with them are aspects that are removed from many relationships now by simply tapping a screen or clicking a mouse and connecting instantly with the person in question.
Are the bonds as strong as they used to be? Are we being overwhelmed with shallow and superficial virtual relationships rather than deep long lasting ones? Does easier communication mean better relationships? It remains to be seen what the long term effects of the recent boom in technology, which allows us to literally connect with anyone in the world, will be.
In my opinion it is neither a positive nor negative thing. It is simply the way of our world today. We have all heard our grandparents, and even parents at times, lament the good old days that they miss and heard them describe how things used to be in their day; however, technology is driving the world nowadays and we cannot stop it. We can only choose wisely how to use it, and it may well be that we choose to value a wider mix of relationships based on both personal contact and technology.