Question: What effects has the Internet had on the way people generally communicate with each other?

Useful ideas:

* POSITIVE

- Thanks to numerous free social networking websites, people can keep contact with their family and friends in a convenient way.
- The internet helps everyone post their memorable events and share their status quo in a flexible way.
- It’s obvious that online communication is really vivid due to special effects, lovely icons in particular.
- One of the striking functions of chatting apps is that we can recall what we have just sent in case of slip of the tongue.

* NEGATIVE:

- The first and significant consequence of overuse of internet in communication is that it can make users become less confident in face-to-face interaction.
- Using the communication platforms too much may lead to isolation, and it’s very hard to encourage such victims to be a part of an extended family again.
- Being addicted to chatting online is shown to probably result in procrastination that is deemed the motivation behind failure.
- Computer-based communication is likely to affect everyone’s concentration to some extent.

*SAMPLE

(Main idea) In my opinion, despite several undeniable benefits, the internet has caused many severe drawbacks in terms of interpersonal skills to many individuals, especially youngsters. (Explanation 1) One the one hand, thanks to numerous free social networking websites such as Facebook or Twitter, people can keep contact with their family and friends in a flexible and convenient way together with posting their memorable events quickly. (Explanation 2)On the other hand, overuse of internet in communication can make users become less confident in face-to-face interaction or even isolated.

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER PRACTICE:

PART 1

  1. What kinds of websites do you use most often? (Why/Why not?)
  2. Do you prefer to get information from websites or books? (Why/Why not?)
  3. Does your favorite website look the same now as when you first used it? (Why/Why not?)

Which is more important to you, what a website looks like or how easy it is to use? (Why?)

PART 2

Describe a website that you often use

You should say:

what type of website it is ·

how you found out about it ·

what it allows you to do

and why you find it useful.

PART 3

  1. What effects has the Internet had on the way people generally communicate with each other? 
  2. How do you think communicating by email is different from communicating by text message?
  3.  Why do you think the Internet is being used more and more for communication?

EXTRA RELEVANT TOPICS:  

  1. Describe a website you often visit.
  2. Describe a website you use that helps you a lot in your work or studies.
  3. Describe your most favourite website.
  4. Describe a useful website
  5. Describe an important website you know about.
  6. Describe a social networking website.