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Discussion and Opinion Essays in IELTS (Essays on Technology)
Discussion and Opinion Essays in IELTS (Essays on Technology)

Discussion and Opinion Essays in IELTS (Essays on Technology)

Well-organized essays will help you score a good band in the IELTS examination. Proper planning is the key to write good essays. You need to give yourself at least 10 minutes to frame the content before you start writing. The essay should contain 4-5 paragraphs and should be of  250 words or more. You have to grasp the central idea from the topic and try to explain it.

Below are some of the recently appeared topics with the sample answers which you can refer to:

Do you think that technological advancement has brought more harm than good?

The twentieth century has seen a vast development in the field of science and technology. This improvement in technology has also raised the standard of living of the people. But it has caused a lot of trouble to the environment. We need to understand its advantages and disadvantages to decide whether it has actually benefitted society.

On one side, we can say that technology has become more beneficial to society,  by facilitating easy communication. It has also improved the economic condition and transport facilities. Organizations have gone online. People are also benefitted through recent technologies like smartphones, laptops and also other electronic appliances. There are applications on smartphones such as “WhatsApp” which has replaced emails. We are able to get a lot of information at the click of a button.

On the other side, technology has certain drawbacks as well. Social connect has become less. There is software that is used to hack the data and there is no privacy for an individual. In a recent study, it is found that the students are neglecting their studies and end up getting poor grades due to recent technologies.

To conclude, we can say that there are more problems due to technological advancements than benefits.

Analysis of the structure of the essay:

Type of the essay : Opinion essay about technology
First paragraph  Introduction
Is an opinion given in the essay Yes, it is indicated that technology has harmed society.
Instances of paraphrasing / synonymous in Introduction Yes, Paraphrased
Does it have a thesis statement? Yes
Instances of copying the question as it is  No
Second paragraph  advantages discussed – one side.
Third paragraph disadvantages discussed – another side.
Deviations from the topic, if any  No
Last paragraph  Conclusion [ opinion supported in conclusion]

Some people argue that technological inventions, such as smartphones, are making people socially less interactive. Discuss both views.

In the current era, you can see people spending more time on smartphones rather than socializing. Wherever you go, you can see people putting their heads down looking into their smartphones and not bothering about what is going on around them. This has become a new trend. As there are a lot of features that are available in smartphones, an individual is not able to stay away from it even for a second. Some features of smartphones are just like the personal computer and they provide a high level of entertainment and can be carried along wherever we go. This essay helps others to understand how smartphone technology impacts society.

The main advantage of a smartphone is that it has made communication easier and quicker. Now you can speak to any of your friends or relatives, in any part of the world. Not only that, but they can also share personal messages, photos, videos through social media.

Along with the benefits, there are also some adverse effects of smartphone addiction on society. The children are not socially active. They sit inside four walls playing games on smartphones and have distanced themselves from society. Even, adults are busy chatting with their friends on social networking sites and have become socially inactive. Even get-togethers have become less. People like to chat on social media more than talking face to face. Even if there are get-togethers, people will be busy with their smartphones instead of interacting with each other. Parents nowadays are busy with smartphones and they fail to attend to their children. Hence the children will be left alone.

To conclude, we can say that smartphones along with its advantages, have also increased the social gap and kept us far from each other.

Analysis of the structure of the essay:

Type of the essay : Discussion essay
First paragraph  Introduction
Is an opinion given in the essay Yes, it is indicated that human-human interaction has decreased.
Instances of paraphrasing / synonymising in Introduction Yes, Paraphrased
Does it have a thesis statement? Yes
Instances of copying the question as it is  No
Second paragraph  advantages discussed – one side
Third paragraph disadvantages discussed – another side
Deviations from the topic, if any  No
Last paragraph  Conclusion [ opinion supported in conclusion]

Many things that used to be done at home by hands are now being done by machines. Discuss.

Technology is growing day by day. Many household works that were done manually earlier have been replaced by machines and can be completed automatically. This development has benefitted people a lot. This essay will explain how technology has helped people in different ways at home.

Man has invented many machines which can do most of the household work automatically such as; dishwasher, vacuum cleaner, the washing machine and so on. With the invention of these machines, women get a lot of leisure. And also this advancement has helped women in improving their standard of living. They will get more time to focus on their career.

Along with the advantages there also some disadvantages that go with the situation. By the invention of different types of machinery, people are fully dependent on them. Previously, people used to do all the household work manually and stayed fit. But the advancement in technology has made people lazy. There is no physical involvement in household activities

To sum up, technology has made people more dependent on machines for household activities. Also, the advantage is that women can invest more time more on their career and children rather than doing household chores.

Analysis of the structure of the essay:

Type of the essay : Discussion essay
First paragraph  Introduction
Is an opinion given in the essay Yes, it is indicated that technology has benefitted society.
Instances of paraphrasing / synonymising in Introduction Yes, Paraphrased
Does it have a thesis statement? Yes.
Instances of copying the question as it is  No
Second paragraph advantages discussed – one side
Third paragraph disadvantages discussed – another side
Deviations from the topic, if any  No
Last paragraph  Conclusion [ opinion supported in conclusion]

Other Related Essays on Technology

The above are some essays that have recently appeared in the IELTS exam on the topic of Technology. You can also refer to some other sample essays on technology in order to practice for the IELTS exam. Some of the topics are given below:

  • Advanced Science and Technology
  • Some people think that the range of technology available to people is increasing the gap between the rich and the poor. Others think it has the opposite effect. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  • New technologies have changed the way children spend their free time. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
  • Art, Culture, and Technology
  • Modern technology now allows rapid and uncontrolled access and exchange of information. Far from being beneficial, this is a danger to our society. What is your view?
  • The presence of technology in the classroom has become more and more apparent and offers students tremendous resources with which to supplement their education. Given time, technology will completely replace the traditional teacher in the classroom. Do you agree or disagree with the above statement? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
  • Computer technology has had more of a negative than a positive impact on society? How far do you agree with this statement? Support your views with reasons and/or examples from your own experience.
  • Earlier technological developments brought more benefits and changed the lives of ordinary people more than recent developments ever will. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  • Some people believe that modern inventions have more problems as compared to their benefits. Do you agree or disagree?
  • According to a recent study, the more time people use the Internet, the less time they spend with real human beings. Some people say that instead of seeing the Internet as a way of opening up new communication possibilities world- wide, we should be concerned about the effect this is having on social interaction. How far do you agree with this opinion?
  • With the development of technology children are now living in a world that is completely different to what it was 50 years ago. What problems do this cause for society and the family?
  • Modern technology is changing our world. This has advantages such as bringing people closer together through communication. It also has disadvantages such as destroying the differences between cultures. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  •  

FAQs

What is an opinion essay in IELTS?

In these essays, you are asked for ONE opinion, and you have to explain to what extent you agree or disagree with it. You must support only one point of view i.e., you must either agree or disagree.

What is a discussion essay in IELTS ?

These are essays, where you have to develop both sides of the argument equally.

Is thesis statement required in discussion essays?

Thesis statements are specific to opinion essays. Sometimes in the discussion essays, you are asked for an opinion. Then you have to include a thesis statement.

What is the structure of an opinion essay?

Introduction – Paraphrasing the question
– Give your opinion
– Thesis statement
Main body para1, para2 – Explanation of the central idea in detail
Main body para 3 – Frame the third paragraph by giving the advantages of the other side . You have to strengthen your opinion in spite of the advantages of the other side.
Conclusion – Summarise/reiterate your opinion

What is the structure of a discussion essay?

Introduction – Paraphrasing the question Main body para1 – Explanation of one side of the argument
Main body para 2 – Explanation of the other side
Conclusion – Summarise/reiterate your views

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Janet had been an IELTS Trainer before she dived into the field of Content Writing. During her days of being a Trainer, Janet had written essays and sample answers which got her students an 8+ band in the IELTS Test. Her contributions to our articles have been engaging and simple to help the students understand and grasp the information with ease. Janet, born and brought up in California, had no idea about the IELTS until she moved to study in Canada. Her peers leaned to her for help as her first language was English.

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