IELTS Speaking Social Network Applications: Talking about social media is a piece of cake since it is something that we all have and use in this digital age. Below are the sample answers talking about social network applications. Get ideas from this post and achieve your target band score. 







Do you use social networking applications?


(Answer 1)


Yes definitely and I actually have LINE and Facebook Messenger. I’m always active on these two social networking applications as they are my main modes of communication for both personal and professional contacts. 



Call me primitive but honestly, I don’t even have one. I am not into using any social networking applications because I just don’t feel safe using them. So, I stick to the traditional ways of contacting my friends or my colleagues which are sending text messages or making calls.



Active [adj.] [computing] – to be always on time

Mode of communication [expression] – means of communication; ways of communication

Personal contact [noun] – refers to loved ones

Professional contact [noun] – refers to colleagues

Primitive [adj.] – ancient

Be into [phrase] – be interested in

Stick to [phrasal verb] – to continue doing or using





i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a direct positive answer and mentioned very specific social networking applications as an example, then he provided his explanation. Notice his topic vocabulary words that he used in his answer. You need to use some topic vocabulary words in your answer at least one or two.

ii.) ANSWER 2:  The speaker started very naturally and provided a negative answer plus his main reason. Also, he explained his comfort in using the traditional ways of communication instead of using social networking applications. 


How often do you use social networking applications?


(Answer 1)


I believe every hour of every day like I said, I’ve used social networking apps for communication. Not only that, but I also use them for checking the latest news or trending news worldwide specifically on Facebook or LINE. As you know, social networking applications or sites are the best avenues to keep us posted on the latest news in this social media era.

(Answer 2)


Not much, I’m not a social media addict like most young people these days.  I always discipline myself not to be absorbed in using them as they surely distract my studies and I don’t want my time to go to waste just for socializing with virtual friends.




Trending [adj.] – currently popular, especially on social media sites

Avenue [noun] – a method or way of doing something

Keep (somebody) posted [phrase] – keep giving the latest information about a situation that you are interested in

Absorbed [adj.] – having one’s attention fully engaged in something

Distract [verb] – to divert the attention

Go to waste [phrase] – to be useless

Virtual friends [noun] – online friends


i.) ANSWER 1: As the question is about ‘frequency’ the speaker gave a very specific answer to that question by saying ‘every hour of every day. Then he explained why he was like that – that’s because of his two reasons: for communication and for learning news. Very realistic answer and natural delivery.

ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker simply gave a negative answer and he focused his answer on self-discipline and what could social media apps do in his life if he used them often. Straight-forward and smart!



Do you find any disadvantages to using social networking applications?


Well, there are plenty but let me tell you the two most major problems that I see. First, too much usage results in addiction, when a user becomes a slave in using any social networking applications, he loses focus on his studies or work. And these social networking sites have become a channel for cyberbullying for some individuals. 


Plenty [pronoun] – a lot of; many

Usage [noun] – the action of using something

Distract [verb] – divert one’s attention

Channel [noun] – a way of communicating with people




i.) The speaker started his answer by being so specific focusing on the main disadvantages. This kind of introduction must only be done if you are really sure, when you say there are ‘two’, you have to make sure that you can provide two, some students tend to forget and only provide one. That’s because of being nervous or getting lost along the way in answering the question. 


Do you think it is good to make friends online?


Yes, definitely but one should be responsible enough, I mean one needs to be more careful in choosing the right people to be friends with since these days there are some scammers online who deceive or extort money from people. Making virtual friends comes with risks so as much as possible people should be cautious when making friends online. 


Scammer [noun] – a person who commits fraud

Deceive [verb] – cheat; trick

Extort [verb] – to get something by force such as money

Virtual friends [noun] – online friends

Comes with [phrasal verb] – to involve; be the result of something

Cautious [adj.] – careful; wary



i.) The speaker provided a positive and realistic answer. Talking about what’s the possibility of making online friends. His answer is straightforward and natural. 


Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: Collins, Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford

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And that’s all about the recent IELTS Speaking Part 1 topic about Social Network Applications. You should now have good ideas on how you can ace your exam. Best of luck!




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