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Face-to-face communication is better than other types of communication


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Jul 3, 2011, 09:00am   #
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
Face-to-face communication is better than other types of communication, such as letters, e-mail, or telephone calls.
Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.


There have been many technological breakthroughs in communication such as telephone or e-mail. They all affect the way we are in touch with other people at some aspects, but they cannot replace the best type of communication: face-to-face interaction. Why? It is because when people are talking directly, they can show and see each others' emotion clearly.

First, face-to-face communication helps us recognize the attitude of the others towards you. Human being is so complex that one can express her emotion and attitude by using hundreds kinds of facial expression. They can show you what they feel about you by moving their eyebrow, smiling...For example, you are telling jokes at a party. You can infer this from people's faces that you are not very good at making people laugh. Therefore, you can adjust your behaviors properly before you make fun of yourself. However, if you use e-mail or instant messages, you simply see texts and it is very hard to know if the others are willing to communicate with you.

Additionally, you can show your emotion and willingness to other people when you talk with them. For instance, a smile can bring a sense of friendliness; therefore, people can talk with you comfortably. You can make friends more easily and the impression about you will stay in people's memories longer. Besides, face-to-face communication can help you reflect yourself a lot. During a discussion, eye contact, posture and speech can show a person's confidence, persistence, ability and determination to win the debate. If you can use these factors effectively, you are likely to get the upper hand. That is a reason why world conferences are not held online. People in important positions from different government gather, in addition to use logical and persuasive language to present their opinions, they also take the advantages of face-to-face communication.

In summation, during a conversation or a meeting, the most important aspect is that people understand each others' emotion, attitude and feelings, and only face-to-face communication can provide this unique feature.
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Thanks a lot for helping me !!!
Hei there! :D

I made some corrections to your essay. I think you should first of all focus on finding more solid arguments, you're not really convincing. Not that you are wrong, but your statements leave a lot of space for doubt.
Good luck!

There have been many technological breakthroughs in communication such as the telephone or the e-mail.

they can show and see each others' emotions clearly.

First, face-to-face communication helps us you recognize the attitude of the others towards you.

The human being is so complex that one can express her emotion and attitude by using hundreds of kinds of facial expressions.

They can show you what they feel about you by moving their eyebrows, by smiling... Let us say for example, you are telling jokes at a party(I'm not sure if it's that good to use "let us", ... but I have no other idea). You can infer this from people's faces that you are not very good at making people laugh(whether your joke was a good one or not.). Therefore, you can adjust your behaviors properly before you make fun(/a fool out) of yourself. However, if you use e-mail or instant messages, you simply see texts and it is very hard to know if the others are willing to communicate with you.
[Yeah, but no. There are a lot of people who do not realise when they exaggerate and this might also be due to the fact that so many people are capable of hiding their true emotions and thoughts. And I'd like to contradict you on the mail and IM matter. It is usually very clear when someone doesn't want to talk to you. For example when during an IM-conversation one will not use smileys or punctuation marks he/she is usually angry or doesn't want to talk. Usually delayed answers indicate the same thing. Mail ... mail is so formal, so cold, that people only use it to talk about work and other serious matters.]

Besides, face-to-face communication can help you reflect on yourself a lot.

During a discussion, eye contact, posture and speech can show a person's confidence, persistence, ability and determination to win the debate. -- I seriously doubt that the posture of a person will show me their abilities. Look at politicians. They all have a respectable posture, they all make eye contact confidently and they all have perfect speeches. Their abilities? You tell me.
Also, discussion and debate are pretty different terms. A discussion doesn't automatically imply a challenge between two or more dialogue partners.

That is a reason why world conferences are not held online. -- This is great!!!

People in(/holding) important positions from who represent different governments gather, in addition to use logical arguments and persuasive language to present their opinions(this sentence should be reorganised to make more sense), they also hence taking(/exploiting) the advantages of face-to-face communication.

In summation, during a conversation or a meeting, the most important aspect is that people understand each others' emotions, attitude and feelings, and only face-to-face communication can provide this unique feature. -- Hm, and businessmen too? You think they care about each others emotions and feelings? Or UN-representatives? Do you think their personal thoughts on a matter count? No, sir. The most important aspect of any communication in general is that the information reaches the receptor unharmed, unchanged. In this case, face-to-face interaction has indeed it's advantages by either facilitating this transfer or even by augmenting that certain information.
Good points about the use of expression (eyebrows, etc) in face-to-face communication!

They all affect the way we are in touch with other people at some aspects in certain ways, but they cannot replace...

I like this sentence:
For instance, a smile can bring a sense of friendliness; therefore, people can talk with you comfortably.

I think you did make a strong argument, but only because it is such an easy argument to make! You can dig deeper and point out something less obvious. For example, acknowledge that email is better than face-to-face simply because it can reach over great distances and provide a record of communication. It is better in some ways than face-to-face. So, acknowledge the advantages of other forms of communication, and then show that face-to-face is still better.

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