Ielts writing task 2:

Topic: Research shows that business meetings, discussions and training are happening online nowadays. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Sample essay:

Business organizations today have a tendency to hold meetings and training sessions on the Internet. This current trend has brought people many substantial benefits as well as some drawbacks to be considered.

On the one hand, it is without doubt that online meetings are advantageous to people. One of the most noticeable benefits is that virtual discussions improve communication ability. Online meetings have made it possible for communication between two or more distant areas, as people no longer have to travel back and forth to attend a meeting happening in another place. Besides, online discussions are an effective means of interaction among participants. Indeed, when attending a meeting in cyberspace, all participants can interact with one another, which physical meetings failed to do in the past. Moreover, online discussions and training help save time and money significantly compared to physical ones.

On the other hand, there are some negative effects that often go hand in hand with virtual meetings.  The most evident disadvantage of online discussions is the distractions on the Internet. Attendees can get easily distracted by various things when meetings take place in cyberspace, such as emails or social networking sites. In addition, lack of knowledge can put people off participating in online meetings. Virtual discussions require participants to be computer-literate and technically skilled, and this may cause difficulty to some attendees. Last but not least, holding meetings online involves requirement for technological upgrade. Companies and individuals alike need certain upgraded equipment and software in order to take part in virtual meetings, which can be an obstacle sometimes.

All things considered, online meetings and discussions are tremendously beneficial to people only if they know how to maximize the advantages and minimize the disadvantages of this powerful tool.

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