Directions： It is known that text message（手机短信）has both advantages and disadvantages. Some people think it is a blessing， while others regard it as a hell. In this section， you are asked to write an essay on text messaging. You can take either stand and provide specific reasons and examples to support your idea. You should write at least 150 words on the ANSWER SHEET.
In the new millennium， text message is set to become an essential feature of individuals‘ life. It comes no surprise that a vast majority of people are indulged in sending and receiving short message， considering the great pleasure and convenience it brings about. Still， there are some others viewing text message as a curse of modern life， for it cause extra waste and do harm to our health.
Text messaging， as a means of communication， shortens the distance between people， which， many believe， is one of its apparent advantages. By sending regards to them via short message， we can not only maintain contact with our friends and relatives， but share pleasure with them as well. Another benefit obtained from text message is the convenience for people to keep up with the latest information they need whatever they go and whatever they do. For instance， a large number of people have subscribed to various short-message services ranging from weather forecast to fashion news and enjoy them very much. Accordingly， with text message people‘s daily life will be greatly enriched.
Truly， apart from those benefits， text messaging might have its drawbacks. But it is my view that its negative impacts depend， to a large extent， on how it is used. As a consequence， if we make proper use of it， short message will never do us more harm than good. （228 words）