IELTS Writing Task 2 : Sample 28

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In many countries, very few young people read newspapers or follow the news on TV. What do you think are the causes of this?

What solutions can you suggest?

Write at least 250 words


By the advent of this century, youth, around the world, is losing its interest in all kinds of news. Many of us believe that social media, hectic academic activities and the boring subjects of news are the main reasons of this shrinking interest. However, by acknowledging the prime importance of reading news in academic and social setting, it is important to motivate young learners to keep them updated with current affairs. Let us stretch this discourse further before reaching a conclusion.

One needs to dig deep into the reasons for the losing interest of youngsters, especially teenagers, in the news. Firstly, the obsession of social media does not let them do anything productive -reading news, and, in our context, the majority kill their precious time on Facebook and other social sites. Secondly, some book lovers remain deeply immersed in their academic studies that they hardly left time to sensitize: what is happening around them? The last but least unimportant factor is the subject of newspapers. The newspapers and electronic media, in running days, excessively give coverage to politics which is not the area of interest of the subject audience.

However, there are many possible solutions to this problem. Knowing the importance of current affairs, in the age of technology, it is surprising if the young generation does not take any interest in news. First and foremost the new generation must be given awareness regarding the importance of reading a newspaper and watching tv channels to keep them updated. The awareness which could be prevailed through their favourite mode of getting information – social sites – could work better than any other ways. Further, one way or other, if it becomes a part of their curriculum, all the young learners will read the news.

Driving home the point, we may assert that it is the responsibility of authorities to nourish the academic needs of children – especially youngsters. And, the news is the best source of information.