The Reading / Listening - Social Media - Level 1

An ex-Facebook boss has said social media is harmful to our society. Chamath Palihapitiya's job was to increase Facebook's users. He feels bad about getting more people to use social media. He said it is destroying society. Twenty years ago, people talked to each other. Today, they message instead of talk. People worry too much about what others think. They post photos and want everyone to like the photo. They get sad if people do not like it.



Mr Palihapitiya wants people to take a break from social media to live real life. He wants people to like each other instead of liking online "likes". Palihapitiya says fake news is affecting how we see the world. A lot of "news" is untrue. Also, people can post lies about other people. Palihapitiya said this was a global problem. He has banned his children from using social media. He said Facebook is not all bad and that it, "overwhelmingly does good in the world".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Social Media - Level 0 Social Media - Level 2   or  Social Media - Level 3

Sources
    https://www.
  • theverge.com
  • /2017/12/11/16761016/former-facebook-exec-ripping-apart-society http://
  • mashable.com
  • /2017/12/11/former-facebook-exec-destroying-how-society-works-chamath-palihapitiya/ https://www.
  • theguardian.com
  • /technology/2017/dec/11/facebook-former-executive-ripping-society-apart


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. He feels
  2. getting more people to
  3. He said it is destroying
  4. Twenty years ago, people talked
  5. Today, they message instead
  6. People worry too much about
  7. want everyone to like
  8. They get sad if people do
  1. to each other
  2. the photo
  3. use social media
  4. not like it
  5. society
  6. of talk
  7. bad
  8. what others think

Paragraph 2

  1. take a break from social media
  2. fake news is affecting how
  3. A lot of "news"
  4. people can post lies
  5. this was a global
  6. He has banned his children
  7. He said Facebook is not all
  8. it overwhelmingly does
  1. bad
  2. about other people
  3. good in the world
  4. to live real life
  5. from using social media
  6. we see the world
  7. is untrue
  8. problem

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An ex-Facebook boss has said social media (1) ___________________ our society. Chamath Palihapitiya's job (2) ___________________ Facebook's users. He feels (3) ___________________ more people to use social media. He said it is destroying society. Twenty years ago, (4) _________________ each other. Today, they message instead of talk. People (5) ___________________ about what others think. They post photos and want everyone to like the photo. They (6) ___________________ people do not like it.

Mr Palihapitiya wants people to (7) ___________________ from social media to live real life. He wants people to like each (8) ___________________ liking online "likes". Palihapitiya says (9) ___________________ affecting how we see the world. A lot of (10) ___________________. Also, people can post lies about other people. Palihapitiya said this was (11) ___________________. He has banned his children from using social media. He said Facebook is (12) ___________________ and that it, "overwhelmingly does good in the world".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anex-Facebookbosshassaidsocialmediaisharmfultooursociety.Cha
mathPalihapitiya'sjobwastoincreaseFacebook'susers.Hefeelsbadab
outgettingmorepeopletousesocialmedia.Hesaiditisdestroyingsociet
y.Twentyyearsago,peopletalkedtoeachother.Today,theymessagein
steadoftalk.Peopleworrytoomuchaboutwhatothersthink.Theypostp
hotosandwanteveryonetolikethephoto.Theygetsadifpeopledonotlik
eit.MrPalihapitiyawantspeopletotakeabreakfromsocialmediatoliver
eallife.Hewantspeopletolikeeachotherinsteadoflikingonline"likes".P
alihapitiyasaysfakenewsisaffectinghowweseetheworld.Alotof"news
"isuntrue.Also,peoplecanpostliesaboutotherpeople.Palihapitiyasaid
thiswasaglobalproblem.Hehasbannedhischildrenfromusingsocialm
edia.HesaidFacebookisnotallbadandthatit,"overwhelminglydoesgo
odintheworld".

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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Free writing

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Answers

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