Task 2 Essay: Shopping and Technology
Question: Some people say that modern technology has made shopping today easier, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion. (Test Date: 5/12/20)
Band 8+ Sample Answer:
(Intro) People have different views about the effects of technological advances on shopping. While it is argued that shopping on the internet is rather complicated due to the sheer number of online shopping platforms, I believe that significant breakthroughs in technology have greatly facilitated more convenient shopping as they enable customers to shop at any time.
(Body 1) On the one hand, It is understandable why being faced with too many online shopping sites makes it harder to shop on the internet. In fact, when customers search for an item online, they can be overwhelmed with thousands of results from different e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and eBay. As a result, customers can be spoilt for choice, which may lead to the feeling that online shopping has become an extremely difficult task.
(Body 2) On the other hand, I would argue that the IT revolution has made shopping much more effortless by giving customers the ability to order products twenty fours hours a day. Customers at physical stores have to visit during normal business hours, which can be inconvenient for those who work long hours. However, online shopping may completely solve this problem as customers can simply access online stores from their smartphones or computers whenever they have free time.
(Conclusion) In conclusion, although advances in technology may cause buyers to experience discomfort when presented with too many options, these developments have made shopping easier by allowing shoppers to make purchases at any time day or night. It is predicted that e-commerce companies will continue developing their technology in order to make shopping much more effortless for consumers in the future. (264 words)
Words: Student essay, corrected & upgraded by Nick Kemp, former IELTS examiner.
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