Thursday, 28 February 2013

General Training Writing - Model Answer (Task 2)

What are the advantages and disadvantages of social networking?

Many people today are members of a social network site like facebook, twitter, Hi5, Myspace, Weibo etc. These sites allow users to share personal information, their views, post photos and get together with people who share common interests with them.

Social network sites are extremely popular and a modern way to keep in touch with people who are important in our lives. They have made the world smaller and we are able to communicate with familiar faces on the other side of the globe. Users are also able to inform their friends about what is happening in their lives on a daily basis or chat to them. Similarly, people are notified of events as well as being informed about social and political issues. In fact, these sites are a great way to raise awareness about important issues.

Social networking is not without its drawbacks. Many users conceal their true identity and are able to harm or bully others with their dishonest. Secondly, some people feel depressed when they read that their friends are doing well while their life remains the same. Finally, many people become addicted to networking on the Internet and as a result forget that there is life beyond a computer screen.

In our fast-paced world, social networking has become the norm. It is simple to keep in touch and keep up to date using various applications but we shouldn’t forget traditional ways of interacting and networking. After all, this is part of human nature.

Question taken from Get Ready for IELTS writing, p. 51

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