Read the two texts below.
Write an essay summarising and evaluating the key points from both texts.
Use your own words throughout as far as possible, and include your own ideas in your answer.
Write your answer in 240–280 words in an appropriate style.
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A Good Way to Make Friends
In the past, friendships were greatly limited by the constraints of time, space and attention; now social networking is freeing us from these. It allows you to find and rediscover friends so you are less likely to fall out of touch. Social networking also creates an environment that allows you to interact easily with others: you can share photos, videos, and links. The effect of this is profound—users of social networking websites have larger, more diverse social circles, online and offline. This outcome comes at no cost to one’s closest relationships, which are maintained in person and over the phone. Instead, the hour that the average user spends each day socialising on the internet comes at the expense of less social activities, such as the three or so hours a day the average person spends watching television.[/one_half]
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Keep It Real
Whilst social networking promises to allow you to make large numbers of new friends all around the world, the reality is different. There is a limit—roughly 150—on the number of people we can have a meaningful relationship with and the quality of relationships depends on the amount of time you invest in them. Also, perhaps curiously, the greatest asset of social networking is also its greatest drawback. It allows you to maintain relationships with existing friends even if they have moved to the other side of the world. In one sense, that’s a good thing. But it also has a downside. Continuing to invest in old friends despite no longer being able to see them invariably means that you have less time to make new friends where you live. Meaningful relationships are about doing things with people, face-to-face; they are not about not clinging on to old friendships that will eventually fade anyway.[/one_half_last]
Write an answer to one of the questions 2–3 in this part.
Write your answer in 280–320 words in an appropriate style.
A English language magazine has asked its readers to send in reviews of books or films that are set in the future. You decide to send in a review of a book or film you know and comment on the vision of the future that is portrayed and compare it with the ideas about the future in other books or films.
Write your review.
A local government committee is collecting information about controversial problems that the town is currently facing. You have been asked to write a report on one of these problems. Write your report, giving an outline of the differing views that prevail in the town and suggesting a course of action that the committee should follow.
Write your report.