You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
With the development of online communication, people will never be alone and will always be able to make new friends. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
It is generally believed that online communication will completely solve the problem of being alone, and it will always give an opportunity to make new friends. Although this is a truth, I cannot completely agree to the statement.
To begin, the way which people communicate each other has changed in a dramatic way over the last few decades with the popularity of online communication devices like smartphones and tablets. This is seen among all age groups, and there is no gender difference. For example, in the days of the pandemic (Covid-19), when social distancing was strictly imposed by governments, online communication was so crucial in maintaining social relationships intact. It is to be noted that the popularity of social media platforms like instagram and WhatsApp is soaring these days among those who are isolated at different places because it opens the doors of new friendships, both locally and internationally, and the trend is expected to continue.
Admitting the aforementioned situation is real, I still do not feel online communication can completely solve the problem of loneliness because people always prefer real-life communication. For instance, communicating with a close friend or a relative in person alleviates the problem of boredom in a better way than either chatting with him/her online. In simple words, a sense of incompleteness will be there with online communication. Similarly, people will be not always comfortable in making new friends from an unfamiliar background, as they find it is vulnerable in the cyber space.
To conclude, advancements in online communication have facilitated many people to be in a social circle at their own personal spaces, and this has mitigated the issue of solitude to a great extent, and has helped them to make new acquaintances. However, people still feel comfortable with real relationships, and so I cannot completely agree to the statement.