IELTS Essay, March 2018: People Use Social Media to Keep in Touch and be Aware of News.

Nowadays people use social media to keep in touch with others and be aware of the news. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

40 minutes, 250 words at least.


Introduction: (Introduce the topic and STATE your view whether advantages are more than disadvantages.)

With the proliferation of smartphones and the Internet, people use social media to keep in touch with friends and family members, and know about the latest news. I think this trend has numerous advantages ranging from easy accessibility to the network to immediate access to latest developments. This has few disadvantages such as lesser physical contact with others. I think the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

Body Paragraph 1: (EXPLAIN the advantage)

The social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have made access to friends and relatives extremely easy. A person can contact another person living at a distant place through a Facebook Messenger and learn about other people’s latest interests through Instagram. All this is available on a smartphone and there is no need to travel. Moreover, staying in touch with the latest news is also extremely easy. While Facebook creates a news feed that gives information from immediate friends and surroundings, Twitter is an excellent source of national and international developments. For example, one can follow all British news channels and papers such as The Guardian on Twitter and this provides a minute-by-minute update about latest events in the United Kingdom.

Body Paragraph 2: (EXPLAIN the disadvantage)

On the flip side, the use of social media is often blamed for a person’s disconnect with his immediate surroundings. One can notice people engrossed in the screens of their mobile phones rather than talking to another person. For instance, a recent study in India revealed that Millenials who were born after 1990 spend more than 40 percent of their time interacting with online friends through social media than talking to a physically present friend or family member.

Conclusion: (Conclude the essay with your opinion and paraphrasing the ideas expressed above)

In conclusion, I believe that there are more advantages of using social media to keep in touch with others and knowing about the world than disadvantages. These advantages can be maintained and disadvantages can be reduced by making a judicious use of the social media.

Total Words = 312.

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