The first graph below shows the number of train passengers from 2000 to 2009. The second graph shows the percentage of trains running on time from 2000 to 2009.
The line graphs provide information about the number of train passengers from 2000 to 2009 and the proportion of trains running on time during the same period.
As can be seen from the first line graph, the number of trains’ passengers almost remained stable with some ups and downs within the range of 37 million-47 million from 2000 to 2009.
From the second line graph, we can see that the percentage of trains that ran on time experienced a upward trend from 92% in 2000 to 96% in the middle of 2004, although in the first half period the figure kept below the standard line (95%). Then the proportion of trains running on time declined dramatically to the lowest point of only 92%(the same figure in 2000) in the middle of 2006 before increasing to the highest point(97%) in the middle of 2008. After that the trend kept steady.
It is clear that the number of train passengers were around 40 million and despite some dramatic fluctuation, the percentage of trains running on time finally reached 97%, which was a little higher than the standard line.
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.
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