IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 493 - With the rise in popularity of the internet newspapers will become a thing of the past

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

With the rise in popularity of the internet, newspapers will soon become a thing of the past.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.


Model Answer 1:
In the contemporary world, there is an ethical and business competition between digital and print media. The future of print media in the digital era is a debatable issue. Though some people hold the opinion that the popularity of printed newspaper will exist in the forthcoming days, my two cents is this print news portal will soon disappear from the mainstream of the society.

One obvious reason is that online portals of news are bringing in vast public acceptance by its cocktail sophisticated features such as clarity, video sharing, social sharing and instant opinion record tools. To be more precise, online news media has far more technological tools to present news to the viewers than the printed newspapers.
Moreover, social networking media, the backbone of the internet, act as a popular platform for not only news sharing but also the individual opinion port at the same time. Over and above, public go by online news portals than print versions in order to get instant and breaking news. Needless to say, in the hustle and bustle lifestyle, public have little or no time to go through the news. They hardly get time to read the news at a glance while traveling or during meal schedules. So, most of the people prefer to read the main news in their small break period by their broadband connected electronic gizmos such as smart phones and similar devices. . The vast popularity of online editions of the newspapers is the best epitome. When an Internet user can browse virtually any newspaper in the world for free, why should he spend money on reading only a particular newspaper which does not have last hour breaking news? Some would argue that there is a different appeal to holding a printed newspaper than reading in computer screen. That’s true, but they should compare the old way sending mails and letters to the latest email. The number of emails people send on an average are more than thousands time higher than the traditional postal mail and in a similar fashion reading newspaper would become a tradition of past while online news portals would dominate the world.  

Next, the internet is more eco-friendly than the newspaper. In other words, nowadays people prefer more eco-friendly product than the past. They know that the less newspaper we use the more trees we save. So, the government and other environmental agencies promote the use of eco-friendly products and services and it will be more popular in upcoming years. Naturally, the use of printed goods will be declined. Many European countries’ paper use rates show a significant decline than the past and it is the best example of this new trend.

Many people say that the reading printed newspaper is not only a habit but also a culture for many human beings. Perhaps it may be true to some degree, but we cannot deny that the new generation is on the path of swift changing cultures and habits, according to the social changes. They hold the view that the faster we accept the changes, the better it is.

To put it in a nutshell, the newspaper will soon get its place in history. We can expect many new trends in future not only in the case of the newspaper but also in other printed media and that is obvious with the widespread acceptance of technology and its popularity among young generation.

[ Written by - Basil Pallath ]

Sample Answer 2:
A typical day of a person starts with the newspaper. We have seen our fathers reading newspapers in the morning and mothers making the breakfast. Newspaper was an important part of the family. Due to the popularity of the internet, the newspaper followers are reduced. It is a debatable topic whether the newspaper will become a history or not.

Firstly, let us look at the advantages of using the newspapers over the internet. The feel of the paper will never be replaced by the internet. When we touch the paper it feels like we are touching the news. Similar feeling is not felt by the device. More over internet is more expensive. A device and internet connect is required to read the news on internet. Whereas, for newspapers you just need a skill of reading. Another limitation on internet is its coverage. Internet cannot be used outside of its coverage. On the other hand, newspapers can be used anywhere, for example: garden, beach or in the flight. Internet is harmful for the eyes as well. Looking at the screen for the longer hours, irritates the eyes. Such issue is not faced while using the newspapers.

There are always two sides of the coin. Many people would agree that internet popularity has increased so there must be benefits of it. The biggest positive point of internet could be it might help the environment. For instance, the reduction of the newspapers would definitely lower the paper production. Ultimately fewer trees would be cut down. Another advantage of e-paper is unlimited news access. For example, with newspaper you can get the breaking news on the world. But with internet you can get the news of a small town of the world. Additionally you can search for the historical news as well. Internet also provides the benefit of various languages where user can choose the language of his interest. Such advantage is not achieved using newspaper For instance, in a family; people prefer to read news in different languages. In such cases, people have to get multiple newspapers.

I believe, as the world is moving ahead with technology, we would not be surprised if the newspapers become the past.

[ by - Naaz ]

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0 # Soujh 2016-11-02 02:25
Cool. Very interesting.
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+1 # Kavery 2016-03-15 16:08
Essay topic: With the rise in popularity of the internet, newspapers will soon become a thing of the past.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Answer: Undeniably, the popularity of printed newspaper is decreasing gradually with the invention and widespread use of Internet and e-news papers. I completely agree with the view that with the technological development, newspaper in near future will become a thing of the past and a part of the history.

Obviously, printed newspaper was highly popular in the past decades and was a great source of information for mass people. Some people believe than newspaper is the only tangible media and the finest source for current news for its readers. It is true but with the invention of satellite TV channels, online news portal, social networking websites, radio channels and online newspapers printed newspapers has lost its popularity and in the near future it will further lose its appeal and usability. In addition people can be connected with Internet from anywhere as they can carry their smart phones, tablets and laptops anywhere. Furthermore people want to interact with any news rather than only reading it and Internet offers them this facilities.

On the contrary, for many, newspaper is the only source of local as well as international news and they have no internet connection. Moreover older generations have less command in technological devices such as computer and Internet and for them printed media is the only source to get news. Least but not the last, continuous reading on computer or mobile screen can cause optic problems.
Meanwhile, technology is growing rapidly, not only in the field of newspaper but also in all part of the life. E-news papers are instantaneous and up to minute. For instance with the Internet the users get breaking news and information to their cell phone as soon as they happen. With traditional newspapers this requires almost a day. Moreover the popularity of online news media is replacing the popularity of printed media. Since papers are made from trees, reducing the circulation of newspapers is there by saving the trees. Furthermore online media is more interactive than the printed ones. While traveling, they can search and read the favorite newspaper online. Thus the followers of e-news papers will continue to grow in the upcoming days and in future people will choose the most interactive, easy to use and most resourceful media - Internet.

In conclusion, technology has already changed the way we did things in the past including our habit of reading printed newspapers. In my opinion the rising popularity of e-papers is a welcoming fact and it will replace the usage of printed media in the near future.
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