Technology strangled leisure time?

GRE Essay Topic 985 - "Leisure time is becoming an increasingly rare commodity, largely because technology has failed to achieve its goal of improving our efficiency in our daily pursuits."In your view, how accurate is the statement above? Use relevant reasons and/or examples from your experience, observations, or reading to support you viewpoint.

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Technology strangled leisure time?

I partly agree with this statement. Leisure time has become an increasing commodity, but I think technology should not be blamed for its failure to improving our efficiency in daily pursuits. Instead, it may be the convenience and the extremely high efficiency that reduces our leisure time.

In the past, communication between two distant locations was time-consuming. It may take one month for a letter to travel from one place to another, so people have to wait for a while to get the information from, says, a cooperating company. Today, e-mails, telephones and even video telephones have greatly speeded up the transportation of messages. A work used to require two weeks in waiting for the letters going there and back may now takes only two hours on the phone to come to an agreement. Such transient information transmittion increases not only the working efficiency, but also the quantity of daily work in effect. Since everyone has increased his/her efficiency in the daily pursuits, people would expect one to be able to handle much more works than before. This expectation leads to an increasement on the time spending on working, even after office hours, and thus reducing leisure time.

On the other hand, technology has somehow resulted in poor efficient work. Some people indulged themselves in easily-accessed entertainment, such as websites, on working hours. Without focusing on the the works in hand, it follows that the efficiency will decrease. This may be one of the side effects of technolog development.

After all, technology has given us a more convenient life. It provides all the tools making ours dreams possible, with some undesired or unexpected side effects. Just like a two-edged blade, it can be applied to conquer our pursuits, or it can cut ourselves by accident. Its role depends on the user. Yes, leisure time has become less, and now we may win more of it with the aid of technology.

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