Written by: Xuân Phi, 30/05/2021
Supported by: Ex-BC Examiner, 31/05/2021
Question: Some people think that mobile phones should be banned in public places like libraries, shops and on public transport. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
(IELTS Academic – 29/05/2021)
Some people applaud the prohibition of mobile phones in public spaces considering the possible disturbances resulting from notifications and bright screens. However, I believe mobile phones should be allowed in order to enable convenience for individuals at public facilities.
On the one hand, other members of the public at places such as libraries, shops and public transport might find sounds and the light from phones annoying. For instance, readers at a library can be distracted by disrespectful phone users who switch on the ringtone of incoming calls or through notification noises, preventing them from devoting their full time to research and reading. A related and common instance would be that a traveler’s short nap on a bus or night train might be interrupted by the bright lights emanating from smartphone screens.
On the other hand, I believe that handheld devices can greatly improve user experience. For example, a bus journey is less tiring when the rider can enjoy some relaxing music to relieve stress on his phone by using his earphones, avoiding the noise of traffic and immersing himself in the healing sounds of nature. Another great example is the use of shopping applications such as VinID, an application recently developed by the Vietnamese retail giant Vinmart+. Thise app enables shoppers to not only precisely locate their desired items in vast supermalls but also to use self-service checkout without needing to wait in seemingly endless queues during peak shopping hours.
In conclusion, although the use of phones might be a distraction in public spaces, I am of the opinion that the total experience of users in public places is more important. Therefore, service operators should invest more in researching user behavior to develop more useful apps.
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|prohibition of mobile phones||sự cấm sử dụng thiết bị điện thoại|
|to be disruptive and irritating at times||đôi khi gây phiền phức hoặc khó chịu|
|seemingly endless queues||đoàn người xếp hàng dường như vô tận|
|sweeping reform||sự cải cách mạnh mẽ, nhanh chóng|
|curb social anxiety||làm giảm ám ảnh xã hội|
|indispensable gadgets||các thiết bị không thể thay thế|
|an array of features||một loạt các tính năng|
|a purely theoretical idea||một ý tưởng hoàn toàn mang tính lý thuyết|
|non-scholarly purposes||các mục đích không liên quan tới giáo dục|
|communal confined areas||các khu vực công cộng chật hẹp|