Some people say that mobile phones should be banned – IELTS essay

Some people say that mobile phones should be banned in public places such as libraries, shops and public transport. Do you agree or disagree?



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Sample answer to the latest IELTS writing task 2 question in Feb 2015.

Mobile phones have become an essential part of life. Although they are very useful, they could be quite an irritant in public places if they kept ringing. Much has changed in the recent past mobiles phones have turned into smart phones which means that they are not used only as phones anymore. They should not be banned in public places as they do not disturb others. In the past feature phones were used and they could not be customized to vibrate or be silent when there was a call.
Nowadays, the general mindset of people and the government is to encourage the use of mobile phones everywhere including public places for various reasons. A mobile phone today is a bank, a camera, source of news, a mini computer and the main tool for communication. They are used to connect to internet and perform many everyday chores like shopping and sometime even work is done over the phone. They connect to the internet through a Wi-Fi network.
Wifi networks are like airwaves or signals to a TV. They deliver the internet to phones. Wifi can be accessed from public places including libraries, transport, cafe’s and shops, this is done to promote the use of mobile phones in public places. If at all a mobile phone in a public area is a potential problem for any reason then a sign or a public notice asking users to keep their phones in silent mode can be displayed.
To summarize, banning or restricting the use of mobile phones is counter productive and does not achieve any meaningful purpose. On the contrary, a place that restricts use of a mobile phone has few takers these days. The most important fact is that network through mobiles is as essential as air to breathe, water to drink, shelter or clothes for protection from the elements. Banning or restricting mobile phones must not even be considered since it does not harm anybody and there really is no valid reason to do restrict their use.



Banning mobile phones in puplic places- essay

Banning mobile phones in puplic places- essay

How to write this topic?

Step one : understand the question. It has a statement giving the opinion “Some people say that mobile phones should be banned in public places such as libraries, shops and public transport”. Then there is the question itself
-“Do you agree or disagree?”

Vocabulary:
1. Banned – Prohibited, illegal, forbidden or not allowed
meaning of banned in Thai – ห้าม , ซึ้งห้าม
in Vietnamese – cấm
in Spanish – prohibido
in Hindi – प्रतिबंधित, सीमित
in Russian – запрещенный
in Indonesian – dilarang
in Arabic – حظرت

Step 2: Give your opinion – if you agree, then support banning the and if you disagree then give reasons.
Step 3: Write your introduction with your opinion.

example: “Mobile phones have become an essential part of life. Although they are very useful, they could be quite an irritant in public places if they kept ringing. Much has changed in the recent past mobiles phones have turned into smart phones which means that they are not used only as phones anymore. They should not be banned in public places as they do not disturb others.”



step 4 : develop the topic – expand your reasons and give a perspective with examples.

” Nowadays, the general mindset of people and the government is to encourage the use of mobile phones everywhere including public places for various reasons. A mobile phone today is a bank, a camera, source of news, a mini computer and the main tool for communication. They are used to connect to internet and perform many everyday chores like shopping and sometime even work is done over the phone. They connect to the internet through a Wi-Fi network.
Wifi networks are like airwaves or signals to a TV. They deliver the internet to phones. Wifi can be accessed from public places including libraries, transport, cafe’s and shops, this is done to promote the use of mobile phones in public places. If at all a mobile phone in a public area is a potential problem for any reason then a sign or a public notice asking users to keep their phones in silent mode can be displayed.”

Step 5 : write your conclusion

To summarize, banning or restricting the use of mobile phones is counter productive and does not achieve any meaningful purpose. On the contrary, a place that restricts use of a mobile phone has few takers these days. The most important fact is that network through mobiles is as essential as air to breathe, water to drink, shelter or clothes for protection from the elements. Banning or restricting mobile phones must not even be considered since it does not harm anybody and there really is no valid reason to do restrict their use.

Now try to write this IELTS essay topic in your own words for practice, good luck.



  • follow the steps to write this essay.

  • How can mobiles be banned? why are they restricted in some public places.

  • Priya George

    Here is a band 9 score response to the prompt.It was found on
    Facebook,written by Arun Anand an IELTS Course teacher from India.His
    Facebook page is IELTS Essays by Arun Anand.You may want to check it
    out.

    Several of these technological advancements used in modern life, although contribute to better comfort and convenience are not free from adding to the high noise levels outdoors. Many take issue with the use of mobile phones in public places for the same reason. However, in my opinion, regulation of their use outside is advisable than outright ban.(Introduction 1)
    Most of the technologies we avail of in our everyday lives have an adverse impact on the surroundings and the mobile phones are no exception. As a remedy, it has been suggested that the use of these portable phones must be banned (prohibited) in public places. It is contended that such a measure will serve the higher purpose of these inventions fully. (Introduction 2)
    Modern work practices undoubtedly force people to be outside of their homes for better part of the day and mobile phones seem to be the most practical means of communication with their friends or families. These portable devices have proved to be essential in informing them of the recent developments or the change of plans. If mobile phones were to be prohibited in social situations the pace of life would definitely suffer a slowdown. Many important messages will have to wait longer to reach the recipients. Having said that, the amount of noise pollution caused by their wide use should not be over looked. They are constant source of nuisance for the general public at the cinema, on the bus and at the shopping mall.
    It appears that the solution to this problem does not lie in banning the use of mobile phones outdoors. Awareness needs to be raised about the negative impact of their indiscriminate use. People must be encouraged to restrict their use to emergencies or exceptional situations. The users also have to ensure that the conversations do not pose any nuisance to the fellow passengers on the public transport or those engrossed in a film at the cinema.
    To conclude, in my view government authorities ought to adopt a pragmatic approach and could establish mobile phone booths in busy towns to reduce the adverse impact of these electronic gadgets on our peace and quiet to some extent.