Directions: Write an essay based on the following chart. In your essay, you should
1) interpret the chart; 2) give your comments
You should write at least 150 words on the ANSWER SHEET (15 minutes)
What is conspicuously presented in the given data is exactly the proportion of spending of inhabitants in a certain city in our country during the Spring Festival. According to the statistics available in the chart above, the total spending can be classified into four kinds as follows: the cost of new year’s gifts, traffic spending, party and gathering costs and others. In general, the figures provided above suggest that new year’s presents, making up 40%, is the largest percentage, then next is traffic, party and gathering, and others at 20% respectively.
It goes far beyond any reasonable dispute that the above chart is a vivid reflection of a fairly familiar social phenomenon: people in mounting numbers spend too much on giving gifts to each other for the time being. Indeed, the previous few decades has witnessed the growing incidence of such a trend. And it’s so prevalent that a great deal of attention is being paid today to such a tide. The general public and the mass media have focused on the strengths and weaknesses of it, but few have come up with relevant actions.
Much can be done. The mass media and schools of all levels, fore and most, could serve as a counterbalance, doing its utmost to awaken the general public to the severity of this upsetting phenomenon. Meanwhile, it is the responsibility of the government to curb such a behavior. I am strongly convinced that the sooner we take such practices seriously, the better our prospect will be.