Social Media Addiction

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 20, 2019 and last updated on February 4, 2023

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 off social platforms such as Facebook often proves to be much more difficult than expected.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • network (noun)
  • addiction (noun)
  • addicted (adjective)
  • platform (noun)
  • responsibility (noun)
  • responsible (verb)
  • overly (adverb)

Conversation Questions

  • Is social media like a drug?
  • Do you use social media? If yes, what? If not, 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 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?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.