For an essay that asks for your opinion, you must give it clearly. You can either agree, disagree or present a clear but specific opinion. However, you can’t change it into a discussion essay or just give advantages and disadvantages. You must have an opinion and it must be clear. In this model essay, I have chosen to give a specific opinion which is I think it has disadvantages for society but advantages for individuals. This is a clear position.
Regarding the growing dominance of the social networking as a modern way for human relationships , it could be seen as a controversial issue whether they are useful for both individuals and society or destructive . This essay aims to elaborate various sights towards this argument and demonstrate a clear position.
These days, social networking sites are also used for political purpose. Twitter is one of the examples for it especially in India. The Prime Minister of India is connected to the people via twitter. He shares his policies, plans, videos, etc. with the people by tweeting on twitter and asks for their suggestions. It makes India even more democratic by allowing direct participation of people in the government.
It is the fact universally acknowledged that social networking sites have made the world smaller and closer but, every coin has two sides. Similarly, these sites have some disadvantages. One of the biggest disadvantages is that people are obsessed with these sites. Children are addicted to them and kill their crucial time by sitting online for hours. It not only wastes their time and affects their studies but also affects their health. They sit and chat at a particular place for hours. They do not do any physical activity because of which they fall sick. It also harms their eyes and weakens their eyesight. Although, there is an age bar but children fill fake ages and make their accounts on such sites, which can be harmful for them.
That’s not the only way the inattention to their surrounding caused by cell phones creates problems. It can actually cost lives when drivers focused on texting or social media lose control of their vehicle and have major accidents. Is letting your friend know you’re on the way really worth dying over?
On the other hand, we cannot imagine our life without such social networks as Facebook. We have to admit that to date, many social networks are perfect grounds not only for communication, but also for business. Popular manufacturers and sellers sell their goods directly from their pages and use them for very effective advertising campaigns. The main reason for this phenomenon is that any authorized user has a unique opportunity to contact the manufacturer directly, without going through countless intermediaries, agents and highly significant interest cheat.
While having all your information in one handy device can be extremely convenient, it also has the potential to be very dangerous. All it takes is forgetting your phone in some bathroom or movie theater and suddenly, your whole life is exposed to the person who finds it. Your contacts, documents, social media accounts, and even banking information is theirs to do with as they please.
There is no doubt that many people found social media affects badly a person and a community too. In my opinion, I agree these sites have a negative side. However, it also have a positive hand.
Opinion Essays are about presenting a clear position and explaining it. You can see my clear opinion: “in my opinion, while I believe that such sites are mainly beneficial to the individual, I agree that they have had a damaging effect on local communities.”. I divide the individual and society – one is positive and the other is negative. It is a clear opinion.
For opinion essays like the one posted about social networking sites, can I disagree with the fact that social networking sites have negative impact on individuals and society and discuss that throughout my body paragraphs?
Firstly, I want to thank you for putting up this website. I will be taking my exam this May and I find your website very useful and easy to understand. I do have a question on the introduction of the model essay, I’m confused as when to use however in a sentence. I know it is a linking word used to contrast but from the paragraph above, is it applicable to use however? In my understanding, however is used to disagree with the first statement which is “Social networking sites, for instance Facebook, are thought by some to have had…” In this case disagreeing with it means that your opinion is that you don’t agree with the first sentence but at the end of the paragraph, you stated that you are agreeing with the statement. Shouldn’t we omit the word however instead?
For the above essay, isn’t the word community unfit here. We have to talk about society. Aren’t we deviating from the topic?
Please elaborate so that I can have a clear understanding.
No, it is asking you to give your opinion. Your whole essay will explain your opinion. It is not a discussion essay. In the essay above, it is asking if you agree that Facebook has a negative impact on individuals and society. So, this question contains two aspects to give your opinion about: individuals and also society.
i have a question or you can say confusion specifically related to this model essay. you see question asked about how far you agree with the topic, in my opinion before reading the model answer most of us including me would have chosen a side either agree or disagree. but now my question is you’re partially supporting that’s individual benefits at the same time you’re also talking about negative impacts on society. so in this situation i’m not sure how to do this agree and disagree for the same topic… could we have gone the other way around like conventional way of choosing one side?