IELTS Writing Task 2 #242


It is important not to make errors when you complete IELTS Writing Task 2. Always check your work to correct any mistakes, especially taking care with spelling.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people believe that social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, have a negative impact on young people and their ability to form personal relationships. Others believe that these sites bring people together in a beneficial way.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model answer

Social media is a huge business today and many feel it has changed the world for the better. Others feel the opposite and worry that we do not connect with people in a good way. I personally feel that social media is, on the whole, a good thing as it has improved the way we communicate.

To start with, sites such as Facebook and Instagram mean we can now talk to people from across the world and find out about different cultures. Some people feel this can be a little dangerous, as we canít be sure who we are talking to. however, if we are responsible and take care, there are lots of benefits. For example, you can make friends with people who you would never meet in your normal life.

Lots of people say that internet friends are not real friends, and that spending all your time talking to people on the computer is a waste of your life. Nevertheless, this may be true if you only communicate electronically, meeting people on the internet can be a way of overcoming shyness and these relationships can lead to real meetings. Nowadays, it is becoming more common for people to meet their husbands or wives on the internet.

In conclusion, there are possible problems connected with social media; nevertheless, if you are careful it can give you many opportunities for friendship that you would not normally have. If these sites did not exist, however, the world would be a much more boring place.

(252 words)

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