GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 142
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people believe that having a conversation on a mobile phone in a public or crowded place should be banned. Others feel that we should be able to talk wherever we like.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Cellular phones are at the forefront of national debate and are driving political discourse as many people argue that conversations on it in a public or crowded place ought to be prohibited, while others subscribe to the view that people should be allowed to talk wherever they like. This essay will look at both views, and then form an opinion.
Mobile phones should be restricted in public places for several plausible reasons. First and foremost, mobile phones are highly likely to be intrusive. To give an illustration of what I mean, let us look at the case of public transport. Having conversations on cell phones during commutes can cause considerable disturbance to other passengers and driver, which may result in horrific accidents. Likewise, the signal of a cell phone can create problems in many places, like hospitals, owing to interference with delicate instruments. Furthermore, in some places such as art galleries, music halls or libraries, for example, mobile phone conversations can intensely irritate and break others’ concentration.
On the contrary, the above discussion can be seen from the opposite angle in equal measure. In this fast-paced society, mobile phones are quite useful, thereby proving utterly indispensable in our lives. For instance, it seems very handy when employees are crammed with assignments as they can work on their assignment during a commute by a smartphone. Similarly, mobile phones provide commuters with entertainment during their tedious travel. Moreover, phones prove to be very handy in case of emergency, for example, accidents in public places. Besides, the device does not require to be intrusive since it can easily be turned into vibrate or silent mode.
To conclude, cell phones should be restricted in some public places, like hospitals or libraries, as they seriously interfere with delicate equipment, break rules or abruptly interrupt attention. But in other public premises, they ought to be permitted as long as they are used with respect to other individuals.