IELTS Essay | Nowadays, leisure products and modern gadgets are widely used by young people

IELTS Writing Test Task 2 Essay

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic:

Nowadays, leisure products and modern gadgets are widely used by young people.

The use of these products reduces the creativity of the young generation. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your own opinion and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

While undoubtedly there is an ever growing number of leisure-oriented products and technology devices which are popular among the younger generation, it is not necessarily the case that such things make young people less creative. Quite the contrary; young people are probably more creative than ever now – and have a much wider audience to express themselves to.

Creativity takes many forms and even though some traditional creative pastimes such as drawing, painting or photography may not be so popular these days, young people are being creative in other new and innovative ways. For example, the current young generation is very active on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, among others. YouTube in particular has seen an explosion of very young ‘content creators’ who are producing, editing and starring in their own short videos. Some of these YouTubers produce high-quality video content and have millions of followers. This is a creative activity that previous generations were not really involved with. Video production was the domain of professional media companies and production specialists.

Another example is blogging and vlogging which are again dominated by today’s younger generation and serve as a creative outlet for them. While in the past an individual may never have had the opportunity to write and publish a book, unless they were accepted by a publishing company, today anyone can express themselves on a diverse range of topics through their own personal blog or vlog. Again, these creative productions garner followers among the millions for those creators who produce content which resonates with a young generation worldwide.

Overall, today’s young people are no less creative than young people, or people in general, in the past – it is simply that their outlet for creativity has changed and become more accessible to everyone. This has allowed a level of personal creativity unthinkable just a few decades ago.