An aspect of modern society that you dislike - Cue Card # 625

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an aspect of modern society that you dislike.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • why this is happening
  • if this is an old issue

and explain why you dislike it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:
It would not be an exaggeration to say that modern society is built by the young, is for the young, and doesn't give much consideration to the old. This is an aspect of modern society that I really abhor. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to talk about this.

No doubt, modern society is dynamic and has eliminated many old dogmas and created better opportunities for its members. But it is a disturbing development that old people are no longer treated with the respect they really deserve and this issue is widespread. It seems like modern society has taught us to evaluate the worth of people by their status, earthly possessions, productivity and physical strength. Thus many young people behave as if our senior members are our reliability and this is a heinous aspect of modern society that I really dislike.

I cannot say for sure why the youth of the modern era has started possessing this mentality, but I can realise that the slack of the family bond has surely fueled it up. We are trying to run so fast to reach our dreams that we even forget our parents. Thus many unfortunate parents, at their old age, are being forced to pine the lives away in an old folks’ home. Many young, regrettably, don't bother to care for their parents, and they are not expected to respect the elders.

I can't be one hundred per cent sure if this is a fairly new development or a comparatively old one. One thing I am sure about that the past century was different. No doubt, the term ‘generation gap’ was always present but it doesn't mean older people used to be treated as a burden in the past.

The modern society is certainly not kind to the old generation and I have acute reasons to loathe it. I can clearly visualise the degradation of the young generation for their lack of respect for the old. This is just the beginning and if this trend continues, they will become more selfish. Power and wealth are not the pillars of the development and I believe we should be grateful to our ancestors for everything they have done for us. And it is the time for the youth to repay and respect some of these contributions.

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