IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 1128 - How could computers be considered a hindrance?

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people consider computers to be more of a hindrance than a help. Others believe that they have greatly increased human potential. How could computers be considered a hindrance?

Use specific reason and example to explain to your answers. 

You should write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer 1:
Nowadays, computers are widely used in every field such as banking, hospital, education, research, sales, traffic control, production & manufacturing, railway, personal entertainment and so on. People have different views about the benefits and drawbacks of computers. But I would like to examine how could be computers considered an impediment followed by a reasonable conclusion.

To initiate with, using computers in early life is negative because children can lose their creativity. Moreover, at that stage, a child starts learning how to calculate and other academic activities, but with computers, they do not need to calculate manually and their grammatical errors can be corrected automatically by spell checkers. Apart from that, the health related issues that overuse of computers causes cannot be overlooked. Next, hacking is very common these days and there are many cases when individuals’ bank accounts, emails, and websites are hacked. This is a serious concern about people’s privacy and safety. Furthermore, some people are addicted to computers and the Internet, especially in online games, social networking and videos. That’s why in China there is separate boot camp training available for computer and internet addicted persons. This example shows how computers can be a hindrance for many.

In addition to this, the national security of any country could be compromised due to the over-reliance on computers. For instance “Garry McKinon” who was accused in March 2002 perpetrating the biggest military computer hack of all time, hacked the server of “The Pentagon” and learned about the secret of defence department of the USA. Finally, with the use of computers and the Internet, interaction with family and friends has become less personal these days than it used to be.

To wrap up, I would like to say that, every technology has two sides, like a coin. It depends on the persons who use it, not on computers, whether the use of computers would be positive or negative.

Sample Answer 2:
A group of people believe that computer technology has helped people in many ways, but others are convinced that it has more drawbacks than the benefits. The following essay will discuss why some people believe that it has more negative points than the positives.  

One of the reasons why a computer is considered to be a hindrance is because people become over dependent on the computer technology. Without the existence of computer, many people believe that they could not work or could not continue their study. For example, some people who work in the blue collar environment could not work when the electricity is down. It is because most of their works are saved in the computer and they are not used to work with manual documents anymore.

Another reason is because computer also has a negative effect on the human's health. It is undeniable that computer produces various kinds of radiations which are bad for our health. One of the examples is the solar radiation from the computer screen, which damages our eyesight. It has been reported that the number of people who wear glasses has increased significantly since the invention of computer technology.

Lastly, the existence of computer has some negative effects on the way people socialise and interact with each other. With the invention of portable computers, tablets and smartphones, people just get busy with their own devices. They often surf the internet, chat and monitor their social media pages all day long in their room without having any face to face interaction with others. Consequently, a lot of couples and families are having problems these days, as they have lackings in communication.

In conclusion, although some people think that the computer technology has brought a lot of benefits for mankind, but others think that it has more negative sides. Some of the reasons for this view are because of people's overreliance on the technology and negative effects on our health and social life as well.

[Written by - Darwin Lesmana]

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+1 # N R 2016-07-08 12:08
IELTS Essay Topic: Some people consider computers to be more of a hindrance than a help. Others believe that they have greatly increased human potential. How could computers be considered a hindrance?

Use specific reason and example to explain to your answers.

Answer: Computers have greatly changed the world and even changing now, whether people like it or not, this is the fact. But as always, new technology brings new problems. In precomputer ages, there were nothing like the digital divides, cyber attacks and computer viruses, and the argument about privacy, freedom and copyrights are becoming serious due to the development of computers and the Internet.

Although there are more and more powerful computers on the market, they are still very expensive for many people. Considering some places in the world, there are still no internet connection and electricity. The development of the Internet and computer is actually causing a huge gap between developed and underdeveloped nations. Companies want employees who have sound computer knowledge, and this makes it harder and almost impossible for people with no computer knowledge to get a job. Not only employees with computer skills are getting priority, in some jobs human are being replaced by computers. Computers in the medical sector, for example, can diagnosis the disease through values measured from a patient's body. However, not all the diseases will show abnormal readings. Traditional human methods of listening, observing and asking questions to patients still work, but more and more doctors nowadays rely on computers and do not use these old methods, and usually come out with a different treatment method.

Not only in the hospitals, in factories, the computer-controlled robots are wildly used for producing goods due to their efficiency, but these products usually have lower quality. For example, the processed foods do not taste well and have less nutritional values. Some traditional products have disappeared due to our over-reliance on computer technology. Finally, people are living sedentary lifestyle due to their dependency on computers and other electronic devices and the traditional way of life is a thing of the past.

In conclusion, over-reliance on computers have many severe consequences and we should be wary of those negative aspects.
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