IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 1117 - Differences between countries become less evident each year

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Differences between countries become less evident each year. Nowadays, all over the world people share the same fashions, advertising, brands, eating habits and TV channels.

Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of this?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer 1:
It is true that many aspects of culture and lifestyle of people are becoming increasingly similar throughout the world. Although this trend has some benefits I would agree that the disadvantages are more noteworthy.

On one hand, globalisation of fashion brands, similar eating habits and other areas of culture and tradition have some major benefits. For instance, Starbucks, the renowned coffee chain, has grown from a single outlet in Seattle to as many as 30000 shops in around sixty countries. The global business opportunity enables many brands to sell products all around the world. Nearly identical stores serve cups of coffee to hundreds and thousands of people, the cappuccino, which is the same no matter whether you are sipping it in New York, London, New Delhi, Melbourne or in Istanbul. The same brands sell products in all major cities and thus people are able to enjoy fashion, food and other aspects of diverse nationalities staying at home country. The global TV channels inform us about the world and thus stronger bond could be observed among people no matter where they live. Thus the differences among nations are reducing and people in different countries can understand each other better than ever. This is quite helpful in maintaining the world peace.   

On the other hand, there are some striking disadvantages of this trend that we should be concerned about. Firstly, there is a spread of cross-cultural materialistic lifestyle and attitude that makes us less human and more selfish. For example, the role of TV advertisements in most of the cases is related to the concept of materialism which is broadcasted by highly influential countries. This phenomenon is demonstrated in other cultures and the net global result tends to predict and reinforce terminal materialism that is buying for the sake of buying, instead of buying for the basic needs. Secondly, with the aggressive spread of market economies and communication technology that are under the control of western multinationals, new challenges are being introduced to local cultures and values. In other societies west has made an effort to undermine their cultural heritage by imposing thief religion and policies. The true identity and culture are in peril with the influence of alien cultures and new generation care less about their history and tradition and more about machine-centric life.

In conclusion, it seems to me that the drawbacks of globalisation and similar lifestyle of people due to the single culture in the world outweigh the advantages.

[Written by - Amna Niazi ]

Sample Answer 2:
It is a fact that differences between nations are becoming less perceptible these days, as people all over the world are sharing the same lifestyle, costumes, food, advertisement, and entertainment programs. The following essay will discuss the benefits and the drawbacks of this global trend and would reach to a logical conclusion whether advantages outweigh the disadvantages.  

Due to the globalisation, people share the same fashion styles, commercials, brands and television programs these days. Some people believe that the trend has some positive aspects. Firstly, as international brands such as Colgate or Gillette produce products in mass scale, the manufacturing cost of these worldwide products become cheaper. As a result, consumers enjoy the advantage of buying global brand products in an affordable rate. Secondly, as people all over the world share the same culinary experience, it means that people have more diet options nowadays. People who live in big cities such as New York or London would have the option to purchase food based on their appetite, whether it is Chinese, Indian or Western food. Furthermore, this trend would reduce the cultural barrier different nations have and would bring people under a common platform where citizens in a country will have more knowledge and respect about other nations and their customs.   

 On the other hand, many other believe that the globalisation of the fashion, entertainment and culinary industries have some negative points. One of the cases is that many people abandon their cultural values these days, as they prefer to follow the world trend. For example, many Asian women are starting to wear western clothing which might be considered as taboo in their countries. In another case, the globalisation also has a negative effect to the identity of a country. For instance, many young people in India do not sing or listen to their traditional songs as they prefer to sing or listen to rap or rock music. Lastly, the  foreign television shows have negative influences to the young people, such as violence and unsuitable contents. Many global TV channels are showing programmes which might be prohibited in some cultures. However, as these shows are easily seen nowadays, many young people in those countries are following the style and as a consequence, many of them are adopting a non-acceptable lifestyle.  

In conclusion, it is true that the globalisation of the fashion, advertising, culinary and entertainment products have their own advantages and disadvantages, but I personally feel that it has more negative points than the positive aspects. I personally believe that we should be selective and be really careful in selecting those global brands and lifestyles.

[Written by - Darwin Sugiharto ]

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