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IELTS Essay Ideas: Banning Mobile Phones

A recent essay question reported on Jan 31:

Some people think that the use of mobiles (cell) phones should be banned in public places such a in libraries and shop and on public transport. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?


Reasons for Banning Mobile Phones in Public Places

  • Phones can be intrusive. (uninvited noise to others)
  • Phones can disturb others when they are concentrating, for example in a library.
  • They are antisocial as people are too busy sending messages to talk to the people in front of them, for example in a shop when they are being served.
  • The signal can cause problems in some public places, such as hospitals, by interfering with delicate instruments or equipment.
  • In some public place, such as libraries, music halls or galleries, phones can annoy and ruin the experience for others.

Reasons for Not Banning Mobiles Phones in Public Places

  • Mobiles do not need to be intrusive as they can easily be turned to silent or vibrate.
  • Phones can be useful in case of emergencies, for instance accidents in public places.
  • Phones can provide entertainment when travelling on tedious journeys, particularly on public transport.
  • Phones are multi-functional and can be used as recording devices or cameras so shouldn’t be banned in public.
  • They are useful for families overseas to get in touch with each other.
  • They provide a safety for youngsters as parents can easily get in touch with them wherever they are.


  • mobile phones should be banned in places where they interfere with equipment, interrupt a service or break rules, such as in a library, but in all other public places they should be allowed as long as they are used with respect to others


Please note that some of the above ideas are not connected to the exact essay question (for example, they include ideas about banning phones in hospitals or museums – these are ideas just to help you with the general topic rather than the exact essay question)

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  1. http://Oana says

    Hi Liz, could you tell me please how should I say if I’m, for some reasons, agree with the statement but also disagree for other reasons.
    Thank you!

  2. http://DILYA says

    Hi dear Liz I am Dilya I would be appreciate you if you check my essay and tell me the band.
    Some people think that the use mobile phones should be banned in public places such as libraries, shops and public transport. To what extand do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    It is true that using mobile phones in public places have become rampant over the last few decades.Althoug some people believe that using mobile phones is not allowed in public places.Iagree this. In this essay I am going to explain why I think that using mobile phones should be banned in public places with several reasons.

    To begin with,using mobile phones in public places brougt negative effects in people’s life for example , while people drining a car and talking on the phone or listening to music from mobile phones they can not concentrate onthe road. As a result they face-toface car accedents and get bad injured or may be diet. Futhermore , in the library, when your cell phone rings or you speak in a loud voice you may obstacle, annoyed people who are sitting near to you and reading.

    however, having cell phones helped people to communicate with other people faster, cheaper and more comfortable. In general, in the shop you can easy calculate you food which you bought from the shop.
    To conclude, althoug, using mobile phones is not allowed in some public places but I believe that it impacted on the way people spend their time.

  3. It’s enormous that you are getting ideas from this post as well as from our dialogue made here.

  4. http://Gurpreet%20Sidhu says

    Hi Liz….can you please rate my essay? I would appreciate greatly if you do that, so please….
    some people think that the use of mobile phones should be banned in public places such as in libraries, shops and on public transport. to what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? write at least 250 words.

    It is suggested that there should be a complete restriction on using cell phones in public places where they turn into disruptive tools. Personally, I believe that they should not be banned unless they do not cause any interruption or interference in service or equipment.

    On the one hand, i accept that mobiles may interfere with the ambiance of certain of places. In libraries, for example, they can be intrusive or noisy, which can break concentration of others. This is because these places are usually calm, where people visit to read or relax. So, phones can easily annoy others or ruin their experience in these quiet places. Similarly, mobile signals can cause problems in some frequently used places such as hospitals by interfering with delicate instruments. These can lead to malfunctioning of a range of devices such as ventilators, echocardiographs and computers. Therefore, the use of mobile phones should be restricted in these buildings o cases.

    However, I believe that mobiles should not be prohibited in the all public places. The mobile may not be only be effective in extreme situations, but also an entertaining one. This can be used in case of emergencies such as accidents at public places. At that time, it could help in contacting to the ambulance, police or relatives. Furthermore, this is a great tool to eliminate monotony while travelling on public transport as it is a multi-functioned device. One can talk or chat with their near ones, listen to songs, surf the internet, use cameras, and so on.

    In conclusion, while use of cell-phones can be limited in some areas of public places where they cause disturbance in other devices or services, in my opinion they should be allowed in rest of the places as they may help in dangerous situations and provide entertainment.

  5. http://sumon says

    Hi Mam
    Sorry for proofreading…
    1. The most obvious one is…..
    2. And call for ambulance….
    3. He/she will be able to call for help…..
    4. Save a person’s life…
    5. You will need to practise…
    6. Essential to write over 250 words…

    Thanks a lot…

  6. http://navneet says

    Hi Liz,

    Please check my work, I need 7 in writing.

    It is often argued by some masses that cell phones should be prohibited in common places such as libraries, shops and public places. Although I agree that phones should be banned in certain places, I disagree with their strict prohibition in such public places.

    To begin with, an argument put forward in favor of banning mobile phones has plethora of reasons. Firstly, unrestricted use of phones in certain places can be intrusive to others comfort. For instance, in libraries, phones usually distract the concentration of readers. In addition to this, phones can annoy and cause nuisance exploiting the experience of others while travelling by interacting loudly on phones. Lastly, phones can act as unethical devices in some situations.Take shops as an example, when people are busy sending texts rather than addressing to seller in front of them.

    However, there are adequate number of reasons why cellular phones should not be restricted in some local sites. First and foremost, phones are highly functional devices in case of emergencies such as collisions. Thus, it is easier to seek medical aid through phones. Furthermore, phones can be beneficial in tedious journeys as these are great sources of entertainment. Mobile phones are multi-functional and can be utilized to record videos and click pictures. This can be helpful to record illegal acts and violence and hence can deter culprits to re-offend. Finally, cell phones have made overseas communication convenient even in public places. Therefore, cell phones provide myriad of benefits and should be permitted in ethical circumstances.

    In conclusion, there are convincing arguments for both viewpoints of the statement. I believe that the mobile phones should be banned in public places where they interrupt services or break rules. However, in all other places they should be allowed as long as they are used with respect to others.

  7. http://PhuongShine says

    hi Liz, please check my writing, i am a beginner here.
    My target is 6,5.
    Please tell me how can i get it? thanks in advance.
    here my essay:
    it is true that mobiles(cell) phones should be prohibited in general places such a libraries and shop and on public transport. I completely agree with this idea because of some the following reasons.

    Firstly, Phones can annoy others when they are concentrating. This is because of its constant ringtones or the phone conservation might disturb and ruin the experience of people, for instance, a student who studies in library can easily focus on his study without using mobiles rather than he brings it there. Secondly, signal of mobile phone can cause serious problems in some public places such as hospital by interfering with delicate instruments or equipment. For example, any patient wears implanted device, cell phone can interfere with it and it could be stopped completely.
    In conclusion, i definitely accept that mobiles should be prohibited.

  8. http://Muayad says

    Hi Liza, can you please provide me with your feedback.

    It is argued that moblie phones should be barred in some public areas. Personally, I strongly agree with thsi idea due to moral and technical resons.

    It is morally unacceptable to intrude others comfort. The uses of handspones could disturb people around us and thus make them feel stressed and irritated. This is commonly seen in communal places such as public transport, restaurants and other leisure venues. For instance, I remember recently when I commuted to work by train, there was a man sitting next to me who used his phone constantly and made called loudly without attention to other passangers. This made people compalin and a sfatff member had to ask him to either terminate the call or leave the coach immediatly.

    Furthermore, there is also technical issue behind prohibiting cellualr phones in special buildings, for example, hospital. This is because mobile signals could interfere with some some equipments and possible damage could resulted from this. A good example is, the Echocardiograph which is an instrument uses to diagnised heard diseases, could have a significant error when there is conflict between the mobile frequencies with its function. This may lead to misdiagnosis and interruption of the medical proceedure. Therefore, its very common to see a warning sign in clinics requesting the visitors and the patients to switch the mobile phone of while they attending to the hospital.

    In conclusion, I support the plans to restrict the use of the cellular phones in public premises.

    • http://Liz says

      Avoid writing about yourself. You should give explains of people in general. Also think more carefully about how to support your arguments with strong ideas. Your second body paragraph has stronger ideas than the first. Be careful going too deeply into medical terminology when the actual topic is technology and society. This gives the impression you are a doctor and the only language you know well is medical language – being able to write two strong sentences with medical language will not give you a higher band score when the rest of your essay uses lower level language. Also check your grammar (plurals, articles) and vocabulary.
      All the best

  9. http://mustafa%20mhawi says

    its considered by some that mobile phones must be prohibited in public places such as in shops ,libraries ,and public transportation system.
    in my opinion mobile phone devices should not be inhibited in general places.
    on the one hand using mobile phone to make a call in public places for example ,the libraries,sites in which the reader need to focus on their reading can be annoying and distrubing to other,moreover phones are emitting electrical signals which may have damaging effect on human health and also these signal may interfere with other devices.
    in addition to this the people who make calls in public places can not take their privacy as most of people still listening to their speech.
    on the other hand phone calls nowadays is critical to a lot of people such as those whom most of their jobs are done by telecommunication, another things that make the phone devices indispensable in modern life are the invention of smart phone technologies which makes the phone multifunctional and being more than just a device used for calling, for example most of poeple using social networks to communicate with each other as facebook,twitter etc, and that is made be possible by using phone as its portable and easy to use,another importance of phones is that their usefulness in emergency situations when someone needs a help
    in conclusion the phones are simllar to other devices that the human create and its depend on moral of person and the way he use , and in my point of view phone devices should not be prohibited in public places.

    hi miss liz first of all there is no word to reward and appreciete your web site and unexceptional patient with your student
    second i am gonna to ask you favour to assess my passsage according to the following points
    1.grammer and terms that i used (is it academic or not)
    2.my opinion was clear but i also mentioned the disadvantegs in first paragraph …is this possible? i mean am i acheived task response or not?
    3.please score it ,,,its first time for me to write and also notify me to my weakest points(ignore the punctution)

    thank you so much

    • http://Liz says

      There are serious problems with punctuation and paragraphing which makes it difficult to give any further comments. I suggest your work on your punctuation and learn how many paragraphs there should be in an IELTS essay.
      Also, please read the rules for posting writing on my blog: http://ieltsliz.com/rules-for-posting-writing/
      All the best

      • http://mustafa%20mhawi says

        hi liz excuse me because i didnt read the rules for posting a comment on your pages i am really apologize for the mistake that i made.
        please can you be more clear about how many paragraph it should be? i thought there should be (introduction,opinion,first,second paragraph,and conclusion)
        thank you for your time

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