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IELTS Essay May 2018: Social Media and the Internet.

Nowadays people are affected by social media and the Internet. Is it a good or a bad trend in your opinion? Explain it by giving your own examples.

40 minutes, 250 words at least.

Answer:

Introduction(Introduce the topic by STATING your opinion and MENTION the reasons supporting it.)

The internet and social media have strongly attracted (collocation) people’s attention during the last decade. I believe this (cohesion) is a negative development since (cohesion) it not only (cohesion) has reduced the ability to focus on other more important issues but also (cohesion) weakened social relationships (collocation).

Body Paragraph 1: (EXPLAIN reason 1)

Every individual these days is glued to social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. These (cohesion) websites present a sea of information such as news, videos, and pictures in a relatively short frame of time (collocation). This (cohesion) has led to a drastic fall (collocation) in people’s attention span and medical science has termed this condition as Attention Deficit Disorder. This (cohesion) has resulted in a lack of ability of people to focus on important tasks at length. For example (cohesion), an Oxford study has revealed that falling attention spans have reduced employee productivity by 20 percent during the last decade. This has cost companies worldwide more than one trillion dollars.

Body Paragraph 2: (EXPLAIN reason 2)

Moreover (cohesion), the overuse of the internet and social media results in a lesser time available for family members and friends. This (cohesion) results in fewer personal interactions (collocation) and, consequently (cohesion), weaker relationships (collocation). One study has found that youngsters personally interact (collocation) with other humans for less than 60 minutes in a day while (cohesion) the previous generations spent more than 300 minutes on the same activity. This (cohesion) has weakened the familial bond and increased divorce rates. Social scientists fear that this may adversely affect (collocation) the stability of future societies.

Conclusion: (Conclude the essay with a FUTURE projection)

In conclusion (cohesion), I believe that the proliferation of the internet and social media websites have negatively impacted (collocation) the society. If (cohesion) their overuse is not contained immediately (collocation), this may lead to a serious disruption (collocation) of social values and several psychological disorders (collocation).

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