The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A survey shows that people who use the Internet too much may have mental health problems. People who are addicted to the Internet have problems if they cannot get online regularly. The survey from McMaster University in Canada looked at the Internet habits of 254 students. It also looked at the students' mental health. The researchers said 107 students were addicted or had problems because of their Internet use. These included depression and anxiety. A professor said we know little about the dangers of Internet addiction and need to do more research.



Researcher Michael Van Ameringen explained what problems he found with students. He said: "We found that [students addicted to the Internet] had significantly more trouble dealing with their day-to-day activities, including life at home, at work or school." He added: "[People] with Internet addiction also had significantly higher amounts of depression and anxiety symptoms, problems with planning and [problems with] time management." We need to find out how big a problem Internet addiction is. We also need to find out if mental health problems cause Internet addiction.

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Sources
  • http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-internet-addiction-mental-health-problems.html
  • http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/47821/20160919/internet-addiction-lead-cognitive-impairment-mental-health-issues-study.htm
  • http://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2016-09-18/internet-addiction-may-be-red-flag-for-other-mental-health-issues-study


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. people who use the Internet
  2. People who are addicted to
  3. have problems if they cannot
  4. the Internet habits
  5. had problems because of
  6. These included depression
  7. we know little
  8. need to do
  1. of 254 students
  2. about the dangers
  3. too much
  4. and anxiety
  5. more research
  6. the Internet
  7. their Internet use
  8. get online regularly

Paragraph 2

  1. problems he found
  2. had significantly
  3. dealing with their day-to-
  4. life at home, at work
  5. higher amounts
  6. problems with time
  7. We need to find out how
  8. mental health problems
  1. more trouble
  2. of depression
  3. cause Internet addiction
  4. with students
  5. big a problem
  6. or school
  7. day activities
  8. management

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A survey shows (1) ___________________ use the Internet too much may have mental health problems. People who are addicted to the Internet have problems (2) ___________________ get online regularly. The survey from McMaster University in Canada looked at the Internet habits of 254 students. (3) ___________________ at the students' mental health. The researchers said 107 students were (4) ___________________ problems because of their Internet use. These included depression and anxiety. A professor said we (5) ___________________ the dangers of Internet addiction (6) ___________________ more research.

Researcher Michael Van Ameringen (7) ___________________ he found with students. He said: "We found that [students addicted to the Internet] had significantly (8) ___________________ with their day-to-day activities, (9) ___________________ home, at work or school." He added: "[People] with Internet addiction also had significantly (10) ___________________ depression and anxiety symptoms, problems with planning and [problems with] time management." We (11) ___________________ how big a problem Internet addiction is. We also need (12) ___________________ mental health problems cause Internet addiction.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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talhealthproblems.PeoplewhoareaddictedtotheInternethaveproble
msiftheycannotgetonlineregularly.ThesurveyfromMcMasterUnivers
ityinCanadalookedattheInternethabitsof254students.Italsolookeda
tthestudents'mentalhealth.Theresearcherssaid107studentsweread
dictedorhadproblemsbecauseoftheirInternetuse.Theseincludeddep
ressionandanxiety.AprofessorsaidweknowlittleaboutthedangersofI
nternetaddictionandneedtodomoreresearch.ResearcherMichaelVan
Ameringenexplainedwhatproblemshefoundwithstudents.Hesaid:"
Wefoundthat[studentsaddictedtotheInternet]hadsignificantlymore
troubledealingwiththeirday-to-dayactivities,includinglifeathome,a
tworkorschool."Headded:"[People]withInternetaddictionalsohadsi
gnificantlyhigheramountsofdepressionandanxietysymptoms,proble
mswithplanningand[problemswith]timemanagement."Weneedtofin
douthowbigaproblemInternetaddictionis.Wealsoneedtofindoutifme
ntalhealthproblemscauseInternetaddiction.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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