Pros and Cons of Social Media

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 15, 2019 and last updated on May 13, 2023

The discussion surrounding the pros and cons of social media is an excellent topic for English learners to explore, as it provides a platform to enhance their language skills. Engaging in this conversation allows learners to develop their vocabulary, grammar and critical thinking abilities while addressing a relevant and contemporary subject.

Delving into the positives and negatives of social media exposes learners to various viewpoints, encouraging them to express their opinions, engage in debates, and practice persuasive speaking skills.

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.

Social Media in Society

The use of social media has transformed society in numerous ways. Firstly, it has changed communication, enabling people from different corners of the world to connect and interact effortlessly. Secondly, social media has altered the way we get our information, allowing news to spread rapidly.

The increased use of social media has also raised concerns regarding privacy, cyberbullying and mental health. Social media platforms have become powerful tools for activism, facilitating social movements and promoting social change. Overall, social media’s impact on society is undeniable, provoking ongoing debates and redefining various aspects of modern life.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • social (adjective)
  • connect (verb)
  • post (verb)
  • addictive (adjective)
  • addiction (noun)
  • app (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • How has social media changed the way we communicate with others?
  • How do you personally use social media, and what benefits or drawbacks do you see in its usage?
  • What are some positive effects of social media on society?
  • What are some negative effects of social media on individuals and communities?
  • How has social media influenced the way news and information are shared?
  • How has social media affected personal relationships and social interactions?
  • What role does social media play in shaping popular opinion?
  • Should social media platforms be responsible for monitoring and regulating content posted by their users?
  • Is social media more beneficial or detrimental to mental health?
  • Is social media creating a more connected society?
  • Should there be stricter regulations on targeted advertising on social media platforms?
  • Does social media promote freedom of expression?
  • Does social media provide a platform online harassment
  • How would society be different if social media had never been invented?
  • What would happen if social media platforms started charging users for their services?
  • If social media suddenly disappeared, how would it affect businesses?
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.