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: (Disadvantages outweigh the advantages)
Many aspects of culture and people's lifestyle are becoming increasingly similar throughout the world. Although this trend has some benefits, I would agree that the disadvantages are more noteworthy.

On the one hand, global reach of fashion brands, similar eating habits of people around the globe and similar traditions 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. People can enjoy fashion, food and other aspects of diverse nationalities staying at home country. A stronger bond could be observed among people no matter where they live. Thus the differences among nations are reducing and 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. 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, local cultures and values are in peril. The West has made an effort to undermine their cultural heritage by imposing thief religion and policies. The true identity and culture are in jeopardy with the influence of alien cultures and new generation cares 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 ]

 

Model Answer 2: (Advantages outweigh the disadvantages)
The discrimination among nations in terms of citizen's lifestyle, media reach, eating habit and cultural aspects are diminishing with the effect of globalisation and widespread acceptance of the technology. Some people see it as a threat to the cultural identity but I personally take it as a positive sign in terms of improved lifestyle and a better relationship among nations. Without a doubt, the merits of this exceed the disadvantages.

Globalisation and free trade concepts were not imposed by some rich nations to the rest of the world. Rather, it was a demand of the time that has reduced the tension and gap among nations. Someone from a developing nation can avail the same branded clothes, food, technological devices and so on a citizen in an industrialised country can have. This not only enhances the freedom of choice for people but also opens the doors of opportunity to local brands to the international stage. The satellite TV channels inform people about the culture and tradition of a foreign country and this knowledge reduce the cultural gap among nations and help maintain the world peace. A growing number of people nowadays go to rich nations for study and work and freedom of the press and easy access to global information have made it happen.

The culture and tradition of a nation change over the time even without the interference of any alien influence and hence restricting the overwhelming facilities globalisation and free trade bring is not a good idea at all, especially when the world still has so many hungry people to feed.

To conclude, the gap between two nations is an influential reason for their conflict and this is why people should be treated as global citizens rather than a citizen of a specific country. To make this dream come true, international brands, TV channels and other global facilities should be present in every corner of the world.

 

Sample Answer 3: (Disadvantages outweigh the advantages)
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 discusses 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 and this trend offers some benefits. 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 branded products at 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 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. The globalisation also has a negative effect on the identity of a country. 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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