IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 524 - Some people think that mobile phones should be banned in public places

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Some people think that mobile phones should be banned in public places like libraries, shop and on public transport.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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

You should write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer 1:
Telecommunication technology has played a vital role in information sharing and bringing people closer. Its usage has become a basic necessity of life and one cannot image to live without mobile phones. Prohibition of cell phones in public places is laudable, but I don't agree fully and believe that their usage should be allowed in public places but with some restrictions.

On the one hand, using mobile phones in public places can distract other people and divert their attentions. For instance, libraries where people reading material of interest can be easily distracted through ringtones of incoming calls or people talking over the phone loudly with their loved ones. Mobile phone usage in public places like hospitals can easily interfere with the medical equipment which can be harmful for patients, more over talking over the cell phone can increase the sufferings of the patients waiting in the room to see the doctor. Mobile phones can easily slip from the hand when someone bumps in departmental stores it will not only damage the devices but it can block the entire lane at the billing counter. Often the environment at shopping malls, stores and other public avenues is very noisy and talking over cell phones will add extra decibel. Moreover, its usage in Music galleries or prayers room can result in discomfort for others and spoil their entertainment or offerings.

On the other hand, restricting usage of mobile phones in public places can keep people away to stay in touch with their loved one in case of emergency and so on. Mobile phones nowadays come up with camera and other service like Email, Entertainment and so on. This would keep them away from capturing the pictures of events in music galleries or taking selfies in public buses and sharing with their friends on the go. Moreover, people love to listen to music during traveling will have little to enjoy. Cell phones can easily be switched to silent/vibrate mode, this will not distract people due to ringtone of incoming calls or messages.

To conclude, the above provide plausible argument in favor of both views, however, I personally believe that cell phone should be allowed in public places but with some restrictions in place so that they can remain in touch with their friends and other peer whenever they want. 

( Written by - Tauseef Raza) 

Sample Answer 2:
Nowadays, mobile phones have become an inevitable part of life. Although, they have made the communication much easier in each step of our daily life, some people opine that they should be restricted in public places such as libraries, shops and public vehicles. I, totally, support the view and the reasons for this will be discussed below.

Firstly, public places are usually expected to be quiet and peaceful so that they are acceptable to everyone and the uses of mobile phones in such places are likely to disrupt the desirable working environment. For instance, in a library, where people are pondering over the books, the constant mobile ringtones or the phone conversation will be intrusive or irritating.

Secondly, the use of mobile phones for luring activities as facebook chatting, taking pictures, playing games, listening songs and so on can prove to be undesirable in public places. It is quite noticeable that these days, teenagers are taking pictures everywhere, at libraries, trains, buses, roads, hospitals etc which is a matter of annoyance. An example of this is my friend, who once was taking selfies continuously in the train when the passenger besides her got offended. For these reasons, restrictions of mobile phones on public places would prove to be useful in creating a sense of comfort in public.

In a nutshell, although the merits of mobile phones are numerous, it would be a definitely good decision to ban them in public places as it would create sense of comfort and a harmonious environment for all.

( Written by - Rupak Neupane ) 

Sample Answer 3:
The mobile phone has become the most popular gadget in today’s world. Some people argue that usage of cell phones should be prohibited in the public places. Personally, I completely agree with this idea due to many reasons.

In my opinion, there are many health and social problems that can be occurred as a result of using mobile phone in public places. Socially, mobile phone can be described as intrusive tools. They can disturb other while they are concentrating and reading in some places like libraries. Mobile phone etiquette is an important issue when mobile ringing at movies or in the libraries. Users often speak with loud volume and annoy the others people nearby. It has become common practice for places like bookshops and libraries to post sign prohibiting the usage of mobile phone.  Also, many public trains offer a 'quite zones ' where phone use is banned.

Another lethal concern is the health problems that can be caused by using cell phones in the public places. Firstly, I believe that there are strong correlation between the usage of mobile phone in the public places, like public transportation and increased numbers of traffic accidents. Mobile have been a major distraction on the road even when using 'hands- free' system (talking without the involvement of the hands).Some studies have shown that talking on phone while driving is equally impairing as drinking and driving.  Secondly, there are possible radiation impact on the brain from the mobile phones, with increased possibility to certain types of tumours in long - time, to persistent heavy users.

Finally, signal of mobile phones can cause serious problems in some public places like hospital and public transport by interfering with the signal of medical and communication devices. Even in the public transport if any patient wears implanted heart device, mobile phone can interfere with it and it could be stopped completely. So mobile phone can have fatal consequences for patients in the hospital and other public places.

In conclusion, for the reasons mentioned above, I believe that the use of cell phones in the public places should be prohibited completely.

( Written by - Safa Ahmed ) 

Sample Answer 4:
This is a true fact to consider that in the present days mobile phone has become a vital part of our life and majority of the people in the world are using it. However, this biggest revolution seems like has been a cause for irritation in some places. Considering this some analysts insist that mobile phones should be banded in the public places. I staunchly agree with the above recommended proposition due to variety of notable reasons.

There are significant facts and reasons that affirm that mobile phones should be banded in places like hospital, public bus, train, library, shops, convention centres and many other public places because it has been the reason for annoyance of other people in many ways .  First and foremost distraction could be a significant factor why people get annoyed when other people talk loudly over their mobile phones.  For instance, a library manly focuses to provide quiet environment for readers; however, when people use mobile phone inside the libraries, the serenity of the environment is lost.  The mobile phone should be completely banned in hospital as it not only disturbs the patience and others, but could also tamper the highly sophisticated machines that are used to diagnosis patience. The mobile phone usages in private cars are one of the main reasons for increased road accidents these days. The use of this device in public transportation is also a violation of privacy and people’s right to travel peacefully.   

In spite of the views discussed above regarding banning the mobile phone in public places, there are some groups who consider mobile phone should not be banded in the public places. They opine that this is the primary communication device for people and if it is banned, people would suffer greatly and would face many incomprehensible inconveniences. For instance, if someone is travelling in a public vehicle and his office needs to update him for a very urgent issue, banning the use of cell phone would make it impossible. Banning the cell phone in places like shopping mall would make it impossible for people to get directions of a shop, compare products online and make an informed decision about purchasing a product.

In summary, due to some benefits offered by the mobile phone usages in public places it would be hard to ban its usages in public places, but I think imposing restriction on mobile phone usages in public places would be a better idea.  

( Written by - Thilini Shani ) 

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