Đề bài: The use of social media, e.g Facebook and Twitter, is replacing face-to-face contact for many people to their everyday life. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. Write at least 250 words.
(Việc sử dụng các loại mạng xã hội như Facebook và Twitter đang dần thay thế những tương tác trực tiếp trong cuộc sống của rất nhiều người. Sự thay đổi này có mang lại nhiều lợi ích hơn là tác hại hay không?
Hãy đưa ra câu trả lời kèm theo những ví dụ từ kiến thức cũng như trải nghiệm của riêng bạn. Bài viết chứa ít nhất 250 từ.)
With the rise of social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter, there is
concern that virtual communication is becoming the new norm, taking over from vis-à-vis conversations. While there are certain drawbacks to this development, its overall impact of daily communication is positive: technology allows us the convenience of communication across distance as well as the discovery of new friendships, heavily outweighing baseless concerns about the loss of speaking skills.
Geographical and temporal differences no longer pose a challenge to communication in the face of social media. Whereas face-to-face communication requires the physical presence of all parties, online, friendships are facilitated by technology: as long as the internet is available, communication can take place unobstructed. With Facebook, for example, a group of four people at four different continents could call and speak to each other at the same time.
Social media platforms also cement a base on which new friendships can flourish.
Algorithms exist on every site to gather users’ information, from which suggestions of like-minded communities can be made. With Facebook, for example, different communities exist under subsets of groups or pages, uniting people of similar interests, where they can communicate through messages, posts and comments, opinion polls, or reactions. This provides ease and convenience for new conversations to flourish and to turn into lasting friendships.
However, the development of social media has brought with it a fear: the loss of
communicative skills. Yet, this concern is inherently baseless in that it fails to grasp the true role of social media platforms as mediators of verbal communication, rather than replacements. With almost every social media site, voice recordings as well as audio and video calls are available, and these alternatives to simple text messages play integral roles in every online conversation. Henceforth, the fear that verbal skills could be lost to
the rapid growth of social media sites is unreasonable, as every accommodation possible has been made to allow for speech.
To reiterate, social media platforms have an overall positive effect on human
communication. Sites such as Facebook or Twitter act as mediators of communication regardless of physical location and breeding grounds for new friendships. While it is certain that verbal conversations in real life and through an online platform are innately dissimilar, to say that speaking skills would be lost to the rise of social media sites is a baseless assumption.
Word count: 394 words
Norm (n.) = điều thường lệ, quy tắc
Baseless (adj.) = vô căn cứ
To pose a challenge to (v.) = là một thách thức với
To facilitate (v.) = tạo điều kiện cho
Algorithm (n.) = thuật toán
To flourish (v.) = phát triển
Inherently (adv.) = một cách vốn dĩ
Mediator (n.) = người trung gian
Integral (adj.) = không thể thiếu
Dissimilar (adj.) = không giống nhau