Here is our class essay from our upper intermediate class. We divided into pairs and each pair wrote a paragraph. Our topic was the pros and cons of smartphones.
First of all, a smartphone makes communication east because everyone has a smartphone and they can work almost anywhere around the world and we can talk with anybody wherever we are, for example on a cruise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean or flying between the clouds. Also, if you are living outside your country, you can keep in touch with your family, for example by skype, which is more simple and cheaper than a call.
The second point is that smartphones have a lot of useful apps. For example, you are new in Sydney and you have to meet friends at the Opera House. You need to search which bus you have to take. So, you use Google Maps.
Lastly, some apps available on smartphones can help you get in touch with old friends. We can talk about Facebook, the biggest social network in the world, where you only need to know the name of someone to speak to him or her easily, quickly, and contact people around the world.
Although smartphones have a lot of advantages, they can also become a disease for society. Firstly, you might not live a real life if you put too much focus on your virtual life, caring about exposing personal things to show good parts of your daily life. Nowadays, everything is about smartphones. When you go to a restaurant you can see a lot of people living their own lives through a smartphone screen without enjoying the time with their friends.
Another point is that smartphones are really bad for your health. The electro-magnetic waves can cause cancer and disease. For example, if you keep your phone in your pocket all the time, you can become sterile. You can’t sleep well. Phones can affect your eyes if you use them for a long time.
A final and very important point is that people become dependent on technology. Although technology has many drawbacks, there are some benefits when it plays a significant role in your life. For instance, people can do transactions via mobile phones. As well as this, they use technology for online shopping. Therefore, technology has become an important element in people’s lives.