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SAMPLE QUESTION: Today our communications, medicine and transport systems all depend on computer technology. Our reliance on computer technology has created a dangerous situation.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
It is undeniable that modern technology had made a lot of improvements in our daily lives. Many industries are now reliant on computers, and what used to be Herculean tasks, such as travelling by air or calculating large digits, are now easily done through modern inventions. In spite of these technological advancements however, there are still some people who believe that humans have grown too dependent on technology and that computers are dangerous inventions. Although there is some truth in this assumption, I strongly disagree that computers are harmful to humans.
Perhaps the reason why some individuals assert that technology is bad is because there are negative effects associated with prolonged use of these gadgets. A recent study published by a well-known university found a positive correlation between prolonged computer use and addiction. According to the said research, using computers for more than 2 hours a day can cause a spike in a person’s dopamine levels—a substance in the brain responsible for feelings of elation—and prolonged exposure to this high levels of dopamine can cause addiction. However, there are no other studies that support this claim, and most of the scientific community are still unconvinced that extended use of computers can lead to addiction. Therefore, as long as no clear relationship between the two variables are established, it is safe to assert that aside from that possible setback, computers in general provide more benefits that disadvantages.
There are many reasons why I believe computers do more good than harm. First, computers had made life easier in terms of communication. In the past, people had to wait for several days just to hear from a friend who lives overseas. Now, since the invention of the internet and computers, people can communicate even if they live miles apart from each other. All it takes is an internet connection and a computer, and they can now converse through online chat or video calls. In relation, it is also easier nowadays to socialize because of the many social media platforms that are available. Aside from communication, computers also brought positive changes in the field of medicine. Back in the day, doctors had to make large incisions on patients’ bodies just to diagnose a disease. But now, it is possible to avoid such invasive procedures due to the invention of scanners like x-rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which provide accurate visualizations of a person’s anatomy. These technologies had made it possible for man to live longer and healthier. In the same vein, computers also made travelling safer, since presently, a lot of transport systems are ran by computers, thus eliminating the dangers of human errors that are often the major causes of accidents. In fact, several studies agree that 70% of railway accidents are caused by human fatigue and inaccuracies. However, when these were eliminated using mechanized processes, the rate of railway accidents dropped to almost 30%. This further proves that computers are truly beneficial to mankind.
In conclusion, I stand by the argument that computers are not harmful to humans, rather it is an indispensable tool that positively impacts human lives. I believe that the positive contributions of modern technology far outweigh its drawbacks and that it will continue to be an integral part of our lives in the future.
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