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IELTS Task 2 Writing – Social Media – Band 9

IELTS Task 2 Writing
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Many people invest a lot of their time into their social media image, such as uploading videos and pictures of themselves to the internet. What has led to this trend? How is this trend affecting people’s lives?
Give explanations and examples for your response.
You should write at least 250 words.

A lot of individuals spend many hours in the day on their presence in social media, like adding video clips and selfies to their profiles online. What has created this culture? How does this behavior impact people’s lives?

Give reasons and cases for your ideas.

Is this an open or a closed question? 🡪 A: This is an open question, there are thousands of possible answers. *Your goal is to find the most rational and common answer possible! *Planning is especially important with open questions because it is easy to get lost in ideas and to go off topic!

Planning Process:

  1. Topic = investing much time into social media
  2. Controlling Idea(s) = the causes and consequences of this trend

First-person or third-person voice? A: Third-person voice of the author (no “I” or “you” in the essay)

Q: What does it mean to invest much time into social media image?

A: To use four or more hours daily to upload videos and images into social media profiles.

Q: Why do people invest so much time into their social media image?

A: to be validated by society. To gain approval. To gain popularity to be recognized by society. To earn money. To share their experiences with others. To gain sympathy or empathy from others. To make friends and to build a community. For excitement and entertainment. (These points can be connected!)

Q: How do people do this?

A: By uploading pictures of themselves, their activities and their interests.

Controlling Ideas:

Q: What has led to this trend?

A: Many people have access to devices and software to use social media. Humans are social by nature and take opportunity to form connections with others. 

Q: How does spending four hours a day on social media image impact people’s lives? (*Only think of the top three to four answers!)

A: less time is spent on face-to-face interactions. Some become more social. Creating a false image. Become more successful. — there are benefits and deficits depending on the user.  

THESIS STATEMENT – The argument/position which clearly answers the questions of Task 2:

The motivation behind spending much time on social media profiles is an innate human desire to be popular and successful. This behavior can be either a positive, leading to money and a high quality of life, or negative, leading to isolation and depression. 

Introductory paragraph (hook, background, thesis)

Spending hours a day on social media accounts is now a global phenomenon. Millions of people invest three or more hours daily to upload pictures and videos of themselves and their experiences to share with friends, family, and the world. The motivation behind spending much time on social media profiles is an innate human desire to be popular and successful. This behavior can be either a positive, leading to money and a high quality of life, or negative, leading to isolation and depression. 


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