Nowadays the way many people interact with each other has changed because of technology.
In what ways has technology affected the types of relationships people make?
Has this become a positive or negative development?
This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 8 Test 2 Writing Task 2.
Today technology has changed how people interact with each other. I believe the most significant impact technology has on relationships is that it allows people to meet others on the Internet. This has been a positive development because often cyber relationships are more meaningful than in-person relationships.
Technology has given rise to online relationships. Nowadays, anyone that has access to the Internet and computers can create a free Facebook or Twitter account and build their social networks on these platforms no matter where on the planet they reside. That is to say, the types of relationships people now make are no longer constrained by geographical distance. Take for example Chinese teenagers who like collecting insects. On the Internet, they can find and connect with others who share this particular hobby, even if those people live in the Amazon rainforest.
This should be seen as a positive trend because cyberspace relationships can be very meaningful. Today it is very common that those in a person’s immediate circle might not support what they pursue. For example, many street artists are looked down on by their family members and friends. Fortunately, Facebook groups give them the power to build their own communities where they can support each other. The inspiration and motivation they obtain there can drive them to work hard to move toward their goals.
In conclusion, technology has made it possible for people to build relationships on the Internet. This has definitely been a positive trend because this type of relationship is often more satisfying and meaningful than face-to-face ones.