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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Past GT essay - Some people say now there is less communication between the family members than in the past. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

I do not completely agree that nowadays there is lesser communication among the family members than in the past. What has actually happened is that most of the communication has changed from direct face-to-face communication to blind communication via the computer screen or the cell-phone.

To begin with, even today, the family is the center of many people’s lives. As many people study or work in the same city and live in the same flat or house, family members have numerous opportunities to talk to each other. The whole family also gets together to have dinner at night, at the same time, exchange their days happenings. Last but not least, on weekends, the whole family goes for outings or shopping together and on these occasions gets opportunities to communicate with each other.

On the other hand, in this era of cut-throat competition, people spend more time on their study and work. Meanwhile, Compared to the past, people have to face fiercer competition and suffer greater pressure nowadays. Therefore, they have to devote more time and energy to their careers. For example, many jobs require people to work in other cities and many children have to leave their parents at an early age to study or work elsewhere. That is why to some extent communication has decreased among family members.

Today families communicate with each other as much as or even more than the past via the cell phone and internet. Earlier, when a member of the family went to another city or country for study or for a business trip, the landline phone or the traditional letter was the only means of communication. Today, families have minute-to-minute information about each other and many applications such as Skype have made video chat so easy and good that distances seem no barrier at all and communication has become even more frequent.

To sum up, it can be said that, even today families communicate with each other in many ways. To some extent the fast paced life has decreased interaction among family members but technology has brought in newer means to ease communication.

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