A SAMPLE ADVANTAGE & DISADVANTAGE ESSAY
Nowadays, there are a lot of means of communication like e-mail, telegram
and telephone. Although the right form of communication to use depends on
the circumstances, it’s certainly common and quick to telephone in order to
communicate. But it has both advantages and disadvantages.
On the one hand, there are some positive sides of telephoning. Firstly, it is
ideal if you want immediate action. You wouldn’t want to write to the plumber
if you had watering pouring through your ceiling, for example! It’s also the
obvious choice if you need a quick answer to a question like “What time is the
next train to Oxford?” or “Did I leave my wallet in your shop?” Many problems
can be solved more easily and decisions can be taken more quickly if you can
discuss them with someone on the phone rather than wait for a reply to an e-
mail or a telegram. Finally, few people would disagree that telephoning is a
pleasant way to keep in touch with friends and family.
On the other hand, there can be a number of disadvantages to telephoning.
In the first place, some problems are too complicated to explain on the
phone, especially if they involve facts and figures, and it may be clearer if you
set them out in a written form. Secondly, it might be important to have a
record of what you say, especially if it is a booking or a complaint. Last but
not least, telephoning, especially long distance, can be terribly expensive.
To sum up, all forms of communication have advantages and disadvantages:
the important thing to recognize is which is more appropriate for what you
want to say, and to whom. In my view, the advantages of telephoning far
outweigh its disadvantages.