2019年4月13日托福独立写作范文：Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
Nowadays, children rely too much on the technology like computers, smart phones and video games for fun and entertainment while playing simpler toys or playing outside with friends would be better for children's development.
In this digital age, it is not uncommon to see children playing their cellphones, iPad or laptop all the time. They find fun from them but show no interest in simpler toys or playing outside with their friends. From my point of view, it is better for children to play with simpler toys or to play outside with friends.
First of all, the drawbacks of playing technological products for too long are obvious. The most troublesome and irreversible risk is their harm to health. Staring at the screen for a long time may cause shortsightedness and cervical spondylopathy might occur after continuous exposure. Besides, since children are too young to pull themselves out of those addictive applications and games, their obsession will distract them from schoolwork. It is really a terrible truth. I even read a piece of news about a 13-year-old boy who dropped out of school and had disappeared for 1 month, staying in an Internet bar playing LOL, the most population online game back then, leaving his parents desperately worrying about his safety.
On the contrary, playing with simple toys or playing outside with friends is interesting while not obsessive. Best of all, simple toys hardly have any potential damage to their health. For example, Lego bricks can make children to create different shapes and then they really enjoy their contribution to a materialized outcome. These simple toys will build their characters, foster good qualities. And when they playing outside with their friends, they will make new friends, share their ideas, and do something they cannot do when facing technological products. Take my younger sister as an example. When she is playing outside with children at her age, we are always surprised to find that she becomes generous and openhanded. However, when she is staying at home, playing computer games, she shows aggressiveness and selfishness.
Therefore, in terms of children’s physical and mental health, it is better to spend more time with their friends outdoor.
With the advent of technology, such as computers, smart phones and video games, there is a trend that children have now become a heavy user of such technology. Seeing this, some people argues that playing outside with friends or simple toys is better for children’s development. In my opinion, children would have a better development in terms of improving their imagination and interpersonal skills if they play with simple toys or play with their friends outdoors.
Children’s imagination would benefit from playing with simple toys. For example, when playing simple toys like dolls, children would usually give them names and use them to create a story. In the process of making up a story with dolls, children would use their imagination to come up some logical and reasonable plots. Children’s imagination would be greatly enhanced during such process. By contrast, if they spend much of their time on some technological gadgets like smart phones, children would usually end up watching appealing cartoons. Their imagination would not be improved, since watching cartoons is just to enjoy the interesting plots of stories in the cartoons, not to exercise their own imagination to come up with stories plots. So, playing simple toys would indeed be beneficial to children’s imagination.
Besides playing simple toys instead of spending too much time on technology, playing outside with friends is also a better choice for the sake of improving their interpersonal skills. When playing with friends, it is common children may sometimes come into conflicts with their friends. They will learn how to resolve those conflicts: they may stand up for themselves or they may make compromises. By resolving the likely disputes or quarrels with their friends, their handling of interpersonal conflicts would become more skillful, which means their interpersonal skills are improved.
In light of the analysis above, it can be concluded that playing with simple toys or friends outdoors is a better choice when considering the children’s development of imagination and interpersonal skills.