Social media has become a part of everyday life for entertainment, news, business, and much more. Therefore it is understandable that IELTS questions on social media are quite common. You must be aware of the different words and phrases used to discuss the use and impacts of social media. This page contains words and phrases that will help you provide more professional-sounding answers in the IELTS exam. There are activities for you to practice with real IELTS questions.
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1. General Social Media Vocabulary
- Blog – A regularly updated page or website that is usually managed by one person or a small group
- Clickbait – Internet content where the main intention is to draw attention and persuade users to click on a link to a particular webpage
- Crowdfunding – Funding projects by using lots of small donations from internet users
- Cyberbullying – Using the internet to send threatening or intimidating messages
- Data Privacy – How private your user data is kept
- Ecommerce – Businesses and transactions operating on the internet
- Hacker – A person who gains unauthorised access to information/accounts online
- Influencer – A person who influences consumers online by promoting or discussing products/services
- Meme – An illustration/photo or text that is intended to spread jokes/amusing ideas
- Phishing – Sending fraudulent emails to entice people into providing personal information or money
- Premium Content – Internet content that must be subscribed to and paid for
- Sensationalism – Exaggerated news that is designed to get people’s attention by shocking them
- Streaming – The live continuous transmission of video/audio content
- To block – To prevent someone from using or seeing a particular account or service online
- To browse – To view different web pages on the internet
- To follow – To subscribe to the page of a person or organisation on a social media platform
- To scroll – To move up and down on a screen
- To swipe – To move from left to right on a screen
- Trending – Something that has become extremely popular online
- Troll – A person who deliberately offends or upsets other people online
- Tweet(v) – To make a post on the social media site Twitter / (n) A Twitter post
- Viral – A story or post that has become extremely popular online
2. General Social Media Vocabulary Activity
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Do you use social networking sites?
Yes, I regularly use Facebook and Twitter to keep up with what is trending in the news and media. In the evenings, I often spend hours just scrolling up and down Twitter reading tweets from the people I follow and looking at funny memes that people post. I don’t believe everything I read on social media because I think on many occasions posts use sensationalism to produce clickbait that is designed to shock and outrage. If I see something too controversial I tend to block the person or company that posted it, so I don’t have to see that kind of content.
3. Social Media Idioms, Phrasal Verbs, and Collocations
Using idioms, collocations, and phrasal verbs correctly when discussing social media will make your answers sound more professional and concise. This page contains some of the most common words and phrases that you can use to enrich your IELTS answers on social media. There is an activity for you to practice using the words with real IELTS questions.
- Add a friend – To give access to your profile to a person a Facebook and gain access to their profile
- Alternative media – Media content that is generally independent and non-mainstream
- Come across – To find something by accident
- Get hooked on – To become addicted to something
- Internet/Online safety – The process of staying safe from fraud, exploitation, or other malicious acts online
- Jump on the bandwagon – To like something because it is popular with other people
- Killing time – To engage in an activity aimed at wasting or passing time
- Log on/Log in – To go through the process of entering a computer system/program/website
- See eye to eye – To agree or have similar attitudes or views
- Send an attachment – To send a file/document/photo with an email
- Spread the word – To communicate information/messages to lots of people
- Take by storm – To become highly successful very quickly
- Take off – To become successful
- To crash – To suddenly stop working
- Unfriend – To remove the access someone has to your Facebook and delete your access to their profile
- Update your status – Post new information about your current state/situation on a social media site
- Virtual friends – Friends that have only met online and not in-person
4. Social Media Idioms, Phrasal Verbs, and Collocations Activity
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of social media?
I think that one of the main advantages is that it allows people to kill time when they have nothing else to do and allows them to make virtual friends, regardless of their geographical location. Another advantage is that for businesses, it is much easier to spread the word about your products and services to large numbers of people at a low cost. In terms of disadvantages, I think the main one is the issue of online safety and how to protect people from coming across unsuitable or explicit content. There is also the problem of young people becoming hooked on social media and spending their entire day chatting to friends rather than doing something more productive.
What frustrates you the most about social media?
I think that the most frustrating part of social media is the trolls, who are intent on causing offence to others. Even though I am aware not everyone sees eye to eye on every topic, some people are capable of rational debate, whereas others are just intent on cyberbullying anyone and everyone they come across. Another thing that frustrates me is the fake news that is pushed by alternative media sites. Most often they just jump on the bandwagon of whatever controversial story happens to be in the news and then twist it to suit the narrative of their supporters.