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IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 123 - There are social, medical and technical problems associated with the use of mobile phones

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IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Present a written argument to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic: 

There are social, medical and technical problems associated with the use of mobile phones. What forms do they take? Do you agree that the problems outweigh the benefits of mobile phones?

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

You should write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:
It is believed that the existence of cellular phone technology has created social, medical and technical problems for individuals and societies. I personally disagree with the thought, if people think that there are more disadvantages than the advantages of cell phones and the following essay will discuss this issue in details.

To begin with, it is true that the development of mobile phone technology has created some problems for human kinds. Firstly, many people believe that the wireless phone technology has made people become more individualistic. In the most common case, many families are having communication problems these days, due to each member of the family are busy with their devices.

Secondly, it has been reported that the wireless technology has some negative effects on our health. Many scientists believe that the technology has become one of the contributors to human's brain damage and trigger brain cancer as well. Thirdly, it has been reported that some people have been injured due the technical problems of the phone itself. There have been cases where the battery of the phone had exploded when it was used to make phone calls, and it caused serious injuries to the user.

Despite all the social, medical and technical problems of mobile phones, I do believe that the existence of the device brings a lot of benefits for human beings. Mobile phones can be used to connect to a specific person, though the person might be travelling to other places. And then, with the various function of mobile phone technology nowadays, it can be used to send and received important emails. Besides that, with the chatting application that could be installed on the phones, it has made distance communication become cheaper. And last but not the least, the phone can also be used as a navigation system to find a new area or new address.

In conclusion, it is true that handheld phone technology has caused some problems for mankind, but I disagree with the opinion that the problem of these phones outweighs the benefits. I do believe that mobile phone has assisted the human being in various ways and it is the irresponsible act of humans themselves that has caused the problem.


(This model answer was written by Darwin Lesmana.)

Model Answer 2:
Mobile phone using has become a very common phenomenon and people mostly depend on this cell phone for communication. The cell phone is probably the most accepted and widely used communication device than any other communication device of the past time. Though cell phone causes many healths related problem as well as social and other problems but I can't agree with the idea that it outweighs the benefits.

I believe people, from all levels of the society, never accept a technology that is not hugely beneficial. There are many communication Medias but none is as efficient and as live as a mobile phone. Moreover, the recent technological advancement has made the cell phone something more than a talking device. With a cell phone we can use the Internet, can play games, can store our memory by taking pictures and videos and can instantly share those memories with friends and relatives. And using those technologies cost us a very little in term of cell phone and network providers cost. We can talk to our friends and family members as much as we want because of the low cost of these cell phones and I guess that has increased our social affairs. Finally, the cell phone communications have helped to raise many small and medium level businesses in all over the world and have engaged a large portion of the population to be employed.

Though I agree that, there are lots of adverse effects of using the cell phones. Drivers using cell phones while driving is a common cause of road accidents and overuse of cell phones can cause many diseases, from severe headaches to incurable cancers. The easy access to cell phones has violated our privacy and helped the criminals to be more organised.

But I believe that those negative effects can be overcome if all of we become a little more cautious and be aware of the negative issues of overuse of cell phone using. Since we can't stop using the cell phone and find and alternative and it is easily possible to reduce the negative effects of cell phone using , I strongly opine that cell phone is a very useful device to all of us in spite of its some remediable problems.  


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IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions 2017

The questions below are divided into different essay types for IELTS writing task 2. All essay questions are from this year unless stated otherwise.

Opinion Essay 2017

Schools are spending more time teaching traditional subjects such as history. Some people think they should rather spend more time in teaching skills that can help students find a job. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

It is necessary for parents to attend parenting training course to bring their children up. Do you agree or disagree?

Some people say International sports events help in world peace. Do you agree or disagree?

Young people spend their free time in shopping malls. This has negative effects on young people and society. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Discussion Essay Questions 2017

Some people say it is OK to use animals for our benefit, others say it is not good to exploit them. Discuss both points of view and give your opinion.

Some people think Governments should take measures regarding the healthy lifestyle of individuals. Others think it must be managed by individuals. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Most countries allow 18 year olds to start driving a car. Some say it is good to allow it at this age, while others think that the age to start driving should be at least 25. Discuss both the views and give your opinion.

Some people think that the best way to reduce crimes is to apply longer prison sentences, other people think that there are better methods of doing so. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Advantages and Disadvantages Essay Questions 2017

Today, more and more students are deciding to move to a different country for higher studies. Do you think that the benefits of this outweigh the problems?

Consumer goods have become the most important part of people’s lives. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Many people go abroad for higher studies.Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

In some countries, a foreign language is taught at primary schools. Do the advantages of learning a new language outweigh the disadvantages?

The advantages provided by English as a ‘global language’ will continue to outweigh the disadvantages. To what extent do you agree with the statement?

Direct Questions 2017

100 years ago people thought that the human race was steadily making progress in all areas of life. Nowadays, there is less certainty that it is so. In what areas do you think the most important progress has been made so far? In what areas are more things needed to be done?

In some schools and universities, girls tend to choose arts subjects (e.g. literature), and boys tend to choose science subjects (e.g. physics). Why do you think this is so? Should this tendency be changed?

Some universities offers online courses for students. Do you think this is a positive or negative development for students?

Children in some parts of the world have less responsibility compared to children in the past. Some people think this as a positive change, however others think of it as as negative change. What do you think? (from Dec 2016)

Cause / Problem / Solution Essays 2017

The gap between rich and poor is growing. What problems does this create? What can be done to tackle them?

More and more people prefer to read ebooks rather than paper books. What are the reasons for this? What problems can this cause for libraries?

IELTS Essay Questions by Topic

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