I’m confused. In task descriptions like this which mention “both”, do they always ask if I agree or not with the word “both”? Could I answer it by stating the negative impacts on both individuals and society then its advantages on both individuals and society in the 2nd and 3rd body paragraphs? Though it seems it is going to be more complicated if i do it this way. I just want to know if the style used in the model essay above is the only way to do it. Thank you and I hope to hear from you.
No, it is asking you to give your opinion. Your whole essay will explain your opinion. It is not a discussion essay. In the essay above, it is asking if you agree that Facebook has a negative impact on individuals and society. So, this question contains two aspects to give your opinion about: individuals and also society.
My question is if we write two paragraphs of only negative impacts caused by social networking sites ,will that be ok and relevant ? Or discussing the positive side is required too ?
Because the essay question is about negative impacts of two different things: society and individuals. So, I think it is positive for individuals and negative for society. This is clear positive and answers the essay question fully.
It is not a new main point or a new idea. It is a final comment which is a suggestion. This topic is about the positive and negative effects of social media, my comment is a suggestion for the future – not a new main point.
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When do we need to put both sides, advantages and disadvantages? I’m quite confused. I thought we only need to put the disadvantages when the question asked to what extent do we agree (to the negative effect of the social media).
For opinion essays like the one posted about social networking sites, can I disagree with the fact that social networking sites have negative impact on individuals and society and discuss that throughout my body paragraphs?
i have a question or you can say confusion specifically related to this model essay. you see question asked about how far you agree with the topic, in my opinion before reading the model answer most of us including me would have chosen a side either agree or disagree. but now my question is you’re partially supporting that’s individual benefits at the same time you’re also talking about negative impacts on society. so in this situation i’m not sure how to do this agree and disagree for the same topic… could we have gone the other way around like conventional way of choosing one side?
It is inevitable to ignore the fact that nowadays social network plays an essential role in teenagers’ lives. Most youths are spending at least an hour in these popular social media sites. Generally, 1 out of 7 minutes which are spent online by most of those who can access internet is spent on Facebook according to Shea Bennett. One may ask how spending all that time on the social media sites may have a positive impact on them. Well, social media helps the youth and any other user updated with what is happening around the world, help the teenagers stay connected and interact with each other even if they are many miles apart. This strengthens their relationship even if they finished school and moved to different locations they stay connected and update one another.
Online social media have gained astounding worldwide growth and popularity which has led to attracting attention from variety of researchers globally. Although with time all generations have come to embrace the changes social network has brought about, teenagers and young adults are the most fanatic users of these sites. According to various research studies in the field of online social networks, it has been revealed that these sites are impacting the lives of the youth greatly. When using these sites such as Twitter, Facebook or MySpace, there are both positive and negative effects on the youth.
mass media has a great influence on people lives all over the globe . There are school of thought that impact of news media is a negative development . In my opinon , it enlightens and widen the horizon in a positive way .
With regards to individuals, the impact that online social media has had on each individual person has clear advantages. Firstly, people from different countries are brought together through such sites as Facebook whereas before the development of technology and social networking sites, people rarely had the chance to meet or communicate with anyone outside of their immediate circle or community. Secondly, Facebook also has social groups which offer individuals a chance to meet and participate in discussions with people who share common interests.
The IELTS writing task 2 sample answer below has examiner comments and is band score 9. The topic of social media is common and this IELTS essay question was reported in the IELTS test. Check the model essay and then read the comments.