IELTS Writing Task 2 #16

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Beside a lot of advantages, some people believe that the Internet creates many problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Write at least 250 words.

model answer:

In the current society, it is universally believed that the internet has been gaining its popularity at an amazing rate. Some people assert that the internet bring us a lot of benefits while many others argue that its drawbacks should not be ignored. It is quite understandable that people from different backgrounds put different interpretations on the same issue.

Those who favor that the internet has many advantages give their reasons as follows. In the first place, it is obvious that the internet brings us great convenience and efficiency. For example, we can send Emails to our friends in other countries in a few minutes while sending a traditional letter takes us at least a week and costs much. In the second place, it is a well-known fact that we can make friends with people from all parts of world. Apparently, It overcomes the geographical barriers and makes the world smaller. Furthermore, it is true that the internet accelerates the flow of information and spreads education to all corners of the globe. In other words, we can have easy and quick access to the latest information worldwide.

On the other hand, some other people hold a different attitude, argue that the internet has many weaknesses. For one thing, it seems that it can easily lead to psychological problems. For instance, an internet-addicted person tends to be isolated, self-centered and unsociable. For another, it is obvious that there is a sharp rise in the number of cyber crimes. More and more financial crimes such as money laundering are committed via the internet. In addition, it also has negative impacts on young people because there are a lot of obscene and violent contents on line.

There is probably a little bit of truth in both arguments. For my part, I completely agree with the latter view that the internet has more disadvantages than advantages. It gives rise to people’s mental problem. It results in various computer crimes. It is harmful to the growth of the youth. Therefore, something should be done as soon as possible to protect people from negative effects of the internet.

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Test tip:1) When we say that something “is” or exists we can start the sentence with There+ be. In these sentences, there is the grammatical subject and the real subject, Or what we are talking about, comes after the verb.

eg There is probably a little bit of truth in both arguments. eg Look! There’s water on the ground. (a little bit of truth and water are the real subjects of the sentences.)

2) There+ be is usually used to introduce new information or topics. This new information is usually in the form of an indefinite noun or pronoun.

eg There is an apple on the table (new information/indefinite) is more likely than There is the apple on the table ( known information/ definite). eg There is someone at the door is more likely than there is Peter at the door.