Is social media like a drug?

Introduction

Read through the following text and look up any vocabulary you are not sure about before answering the questions.

Overview

Social media is a large part of many people’s lives whether it be used for business, pleasure or both. Most people wouldn’t consider themselves addicted to social media, but in reality coming of social platforms such as Facebook often proves to be much more difficult than expected.

Listen to the audio below about someone talking about how they use social media and then discuss the talking points.

Talking Points

  • Do you use social media?
    • If yes, what?
    • If no, why not?
  • What are the different ways people can use social media?
  • Do you think you or other people are addicted to social media?
  • What kind of problems can come up by being addicted to social media?
  • Do you think the social media companies have a responsibility to ensure their product is not being overly used?
  • What can be done to reduce the amount of time people spend on social media?
  • Many countries now force health warnings on cigarette packets, do you think the same should apply to social media networks?

Key Vocabulary

  • Network noun
  • Addiction noun
  • Addicted adjective
  • Platform noun
  • Responsibility noun
  • Responsible verb
  • Overly adverb

Question Details

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