Sample Essay for Academic IELTS Writing Task 1 Topic 12 – Table

The table below gives information on internet use in six categories by age group. Describe the information in the table and make comparisons where appropriate.

Write at least 150 words.

Internet activities by age group

  Age group
Activity% Teens 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70+
Get News 76 73 76 75 71 74 70
Online games 81 54 37 29 25 25 32
Downloads 52 46 27 15 13 8 6
Product research 0 79 80 83 79 74 70
Buying a product 43 68 69 68 67 65 41
Searching for people 5 31 23 23 24 29 27

Model answer:

Comparing activities, we can see that getting news is the most popular activity with users of all ages. At least 70% of people use the internet to get news.

Whilst 80% of teenagers play online games, this table drops to 54% of people in their twenties and 37% of people in their thirties. Online gaming reaches a low of 25% with people in their fifties and then increases in popularity with older people.

Downloads activity display a similar trend to internet games, but they are less popular in general and decline markedly with people over age 40. Only 6% of people over age 70 download.

Online Product research is made by over seventy percent of all people except for teenagers who do not research product. Product research peak in the forties age group, when almost three-quarters of people research for product in this way.

Buying a product online is equally popular with all internet users except those at either end of the age scale: teens and internet users age 70 or older. Searching for people online is done by between one-quarter and one-third of people depending on age, except for teenagers who make only five searches out of every 100.

(198 words)

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