Task:Some people think individuals are more and more dependent on each other. Some people think individuals are more and more independent. Discuss and give your opinion.
People hold divergent opinions about whether we rely on others than usual. As I see it, the pressure of increasing living cost and the development of specialization make people more dependent on others.
Probably the most obvious reason why people believe we are more independent is that nowadays many people live by themselves. In the past, extended families were commonplace while core families are more prevalent in modern life. In this case, instead of relying on family members, individuals have to handle trivial chores such as laundry and cooking by themselves. However, dealing with these trifles is just a small part of daily life. Regarding to significant issues like buying a house, the living cost is so high that a large number of people, especially young people have to count on their parents.
When considering this question in a macroscopic manner, we can find more evidences of an increasingly dependent world. A leading factor driving this trend is the development of specialization. People in the old time usually do their job on their own. For example, a carpenter can make a set of furniture easily without help from others. By contrast, in terms of some situations in workplace in modern society, people have to collaborate to accomplish a task. That is to say everybody in a team specializes in their own field and then work together to achieve a shared goal and it is easy to understand when thinking about the assembly line.
In conclusion, while there are some situations that people cope with things on their own, the development of specialization has made teamwork a tendency and because of this, people will depend on other people at a large extent.