New ACT Writing Topic Tech Makes Your More Alone 06

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    New Technology Makes You More Alone or Not_06 Technology is supposed to make us more connected. We can stay in touch with our friends all the time on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and, of course, by texting. But are our smartphones actually getting in the way of real socializing? Could technology be making us more alone? How do we best balance the two? How should we think about conflicts between these two sides?

    Read and carefully consider these perspectives. Each suggests a particular way of thinking about the conflict between public health and individual freedom.

    Perspective One

    Technology make us more

    sociable in that information is

    on your fingertips.

    Perspective Two

    Technology make us more

    alone in that we are

    surrounded by people who

    are staring at their screens

    instead of having

    face-to-face conversations.

    Perspective Three

    Technology will do us good

    only if we have discipline

    rules for ourselves

    Essay Task

    Write a unified, coherent essay in which you evaluate multiple perspectives o the

    conflict between public health and individual freedom. In your essay, be sure to:

    analyze and evaluate the perspective given

    state and develop your own perspective on the issue

    explain the relationship between your perspective and those given

    Your perspective may be in full agreement with ay of the others, in partial agreement,

    or wholly different. Whatever the case, support your ideas with logical reasoning and

    detailed, persuasive examples.

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    Planning Your Essay Your work on these pre-writing pages will not be scored.

    Use the space below and on the back cover to generate ideas and plan your essay. You may wish to consider the following as you think critically about the task.

    Strengths and weaknesses of the three given perspectives What insights do they offer, and what do they fail to consider? Why might they be persuasive to others, or why might they fail to persuaded?

    Your own knowledge experience, and values What is your perspective on this issue, and what are its strengths and

    weaknesses? How will you support your perspective in your essay?

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    (Introduction Paragraph) Does technology make us alone? Different people hold different views toward this issue. On the one hand (), information is at our fingertips and we can interact with people all over this globe incessantly. On the other hand (), you must find yourself surrounded by people who are staring at their screens instead of having face-to-face conversation. How do we think about the conflicts between the former and the latter. My logics and reasons follow.

    (Body Paragraph I) (perspective one ) In the perspective one, it states that we can be more sociable by applying some good new technologies. (perspective one )Technology is supposed to make us more connected. We can stay in touch with our friends all the time on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and, of course, by texting. In a word, with the spread of mobile technology, its become much easier for more people to maintain constant contact with their social networks online. And a lot of people are taking advantage of that opportunity. (perspective one counter-argument/ post hoc fallacy)

    However, the sequence of the two events in itself does not sufficiently prove that the former caused the later. Some critics claim that our smartphones actually getting in the way of real socializing as smartphones will continue to intrude more into our private and social spaces. And also, being obsessed with documenting everything through photographs and videos preventing us from living in the moment?

    (Body Paragraph II) (perspective two ) In regards to perspective two, it points out that it's the new technology that makes us more alone.(perspective two ) One indicator is that some recent surveys of adults in the U.S. found that at least half of Facebook users check the site several times a day. That sounds like people are becoming more sociable. But some people think the opposite is happening. The problem, they say, is that we spend so much time maintaining superficial connections online that we arent dedicating enough time or effort to cultivating deeper real-life relationships. Too much chatter, too little real conversation.

    (perspective two counter-argument/ hasty generalization logical error) However, information provided in the argument is incomplete to make thorough and justified evaluation about the actual situation. For example, online social networks supplement face-to-face sociability, but they dont replace it.

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    We can expand our social horizons online, deepen our connections to the world around us, and at the same time take advantage of technology to make our closest relationships even closer.

    (Body Paragraph III) (perspective three ) In regards to perspective three, it points out that if we should discipline ourselves in this regard. Indeed, excessive or restricted use of technology will both hurt our networking among friends. Only with proper time allocation could be avoid the distracting effect from using it and hence could we enhance our real-world relationship.

    (Conclusion Paragraph- Choose your own perspective) Using examples and reasons drawn above, I will be in favor of Perspective Three. I will start by saying that I have embraced technology in my life and parents and schools should teach about responsible technology use and about enhancing classroom efficacy. The total effect has been to allow us to connect more with the people in our virtual worldbut communicate less with those who are in our real world. Our real and virtual worlds certainly overlap, as many of our virtual friends are also our real friends. But the time and effort we put into our virtual worlds limit the time to connect and especially to communicate on a deeper level in our real world. As a result, we need to examine our technology use to ensure that it isnt getting in the way of our being sociable and getting the emotional support we need from the people who are closest to us. Sometimes, Sometimes, we need to put our phones away in social settings and consider making personal contact to remain the deepened relationship.