IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 1
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people consider computers to be more of a hindrance than a help. Others believe that they have greatly increased human potential. How could computers be considered a hindrance?
Use specific reason and example to explain to your answers.
Initially, when computers were made available to the public and general businesses, they were believed as great resources to improve human capabilities. However, over time, computers started showing their downsides too by reducing human potential.
The first concern with the use of computers is health. Extensive use of computers has not only resulted in reduced physical activities, but it also has affected the eye-sight of users of computers. Reduced physical activities have caused the problem of fat and obesity. It is emerging as a significant health problem on a global scale.
Further, too much reliance on computers for every small matter has worsened the human memory also. People are unable to remember and recall even the most important dates and phone numbers. Without computers, they are out of information.
Another negative impact of computers has been on the social aspect. We are under the illusion that using social media platforms is strengthening friendship and relationship among people. It looks easier to call or contact anyone using computers than traditional sources of communications. Actually, it has drifted us apart. We got no time to meet our friends and relatives. Hence, computers failed to ensure the optimisation of availability of time for us.
In conclusion, computers have proved to be a hindrance in the achievement of good health and better socialisation. In the wake of these adverse impacts of computers, people need to limit the usage of computers for most essential activities only, and they need to realise that there is another world outside computers.