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The line graph illustrates the number of international conferences held in three different cites, over a period of thirty-six years, beginning in 1965.

It is clear that while the number of international conferences held in city C increased dramatically, there were some fluctuations in the figures for the other cites over the period shown. Additionally, city C saw the biggest change in its figures.

In 1965, city A held about 35 international meetings, which was the highest figure for all cites in all years, while just under 30 conferences were organized in city B. In contrast, there were no international conferences in city C in that year.

Over the next 35 years, the number of international meetings that took place in city C rose sharply to peak at over 30 in 1980, and then fell slightly before rising again to around 30 in 2010. The figures for the other cites, however, both witnessed some fluctuations throughout the period, both holding approximately 25 conferences each in the final year.

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With the Internet having a huge impact on our shopping, work and communication, we can now live without any face-to-face interaction with other people. Whilst making modern life more convenient in some ways, this situation is a negative trend in the long run.

In this day and age, we can literally stay at home and have almost anything delivered to our homes as most consumer goods are widely available for online purchase. We also have more opportunities in terms of employment because many applications like Skype or Google Hangouts allow employees to work from home. Members of an organization nowadays rely on email and other online platforms to maintain effective communication and ensure their businesses operate smoothly. When it comes to
personal relationships, we use Facebook to connect and stay in touch with friends and relatives. The Internet, without doubt, enhances our shopping experiencesmakes our workplaces more streamlined and efficient, and facilitates our communication with others.

However, we are faced with a foreseeable and unfortunate consequence due to our reliance on such technology. We are losing direct interactions that are deemed extremely important in this technological era. Children hardly spend time talking to their parents because they are too engrossed in media hype on Facebook. It is common to see both young and old people with their eyes glued to their phones instead of having conversations like they did before the advent of smart devices. This is leading us toward a society where people will turn to favoring virtual interactions and undervaluing real life relationships.

The influence of the Internet on many aspects of our lives is remarkable. However, the benefits it offers do not justify the fact that it is inflicting severe damage on our relationships, which can only flourish on the basis of true communication.

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