The Reading / Listening - Social Media - Level 2

An ex-Facebook boss has said social media is very harmful to our society. Chamath Palihapitiya joined Facebook in 2007. He was responsible for increasing Facebook's users. He is now very guilty about getting more people to use social media. He said the networks are destroying society. Twenty years ago, people talked to each other. Today, people message each other and do not talk. People worry too much about what others think of them. They post photos and wait to see how many people like the photo. They get sad if people do not like the photo.



Mr Palihapitiya said people should take a break from social media to experience real life. He wants people to value each other instead of valuing online "likes, and thumbs-up". Palihapitiya says fake news is affecting how we see the world. Large websites spread lies. It is also becoming easier to hurt other people online. Anyone can post lies about other people. Palihapitiya said this was a global problem. He has banned his children from using social media. However, he did say that Facebook was a good company. He said: "It's not all bad. Facebook overwhelmingly does good in the world."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Social Media - Level 0 Social Media - Level 1   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. harmful to our
  2. He was responsible for increasing
  3. getting more people to
  4. Twenty years ago, people talked
  5. people message each other
  6. worry too much about what
  7. wait to see how many people
  8. They get sad if people do
  1. like the photo
  2. use social media
  3. not like the photo
  4. Facebook's users
  5. society
  6. and do not talk
  7. to each other
  8. others think of them

Paragraph 2

  1. take a
  2. fake news is affecting how
  3. easier to hurt other
  4. Anyone can post lies
  5. this was a global
  6. He has banned his children from
  7. he did say that Facebook was
  8. Facebook overwhelmingly does
  1. a good company
  2. people online
  3. we see the world
  4. good in the world
  5. using social media
  6. about other people
  7. break
  8. problem

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An ex-Facebook boss has said social media (1) ________________ to our society. Chamath Palihapitiya joined Facebook in 2007. He was responsible for increasing Facebook's users. He is now (2) ___________________ getting more people to use social media. He said the networks are destroying society. Twenty years ago, people talked (3) ___________________. Today, people message each other and do not talk. People (4) ___________________ about what others think of them. They post photos and (5) ___________________ how many people like the photo. They (6) ___________________ people do not like the photo.

Mr Palihapitiya said people should (7) ___________________ from social media to experience real life. He wants people (8) ___________________ other instead of valuing online "likes, and thumbs-up". Palihapitiya says fake news (9) ___________________ we see the world. Large websites spread lies. It is also becoming easier to (10) _________________ online. Anyone can post lies about other people. Palihapitiya said this was a global problem. He (11) ___________________ children from using social media. However, he did say that Facebook was a good company. He said: "It's not all bad. Facebook overwhelmingly (12) ___________________ the world."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anex-Facebookbosshassaidsocialmediaisveryharmfultooursociet
y.ChamathPalihapitiyajoinedFacebookin2007.Hewasresponsiblefor
increasingFacebook'susers.Heisnowveryguiltyaboutgettingmorepe
opletousesocialmedia.Hesaidthenetworksaredestroyingsociety.Tw
entyyearsago,peopletalkedtoeachother.Today,peoplemessageeach
otheranddonottalk.Peopleworrytoomuchaboutwhatothersthinkofth
em.Theypostphotosandwaittoseehowmanypeoplelikethephoto.The
ygetsadifpeopledonotlikethephoto.MrPalihapitiyasaidpeopleshouldt
akeabreakfromsocialmediatoexperiencereallife.Hewantspeopletov
alueeachotherinsteadofvaluingonline"likes,andthumbs-up".Paliha
pitiyasaysfakenewsisaffectinghowweseetheworld.Largewebsitessp
readlies.Itisalsobecomingeasiertohurtotherpeopleonline.Anyoneca
npostliesaboutotherpeople.Palihapitiyasaidthiswasaglobalproblem.
Hehasbannedhischildrenfromusingsocialmedia.However,hedidsayt
hatFacebookwasagoodcompany.Hesaid:"It'snotallbad.Facebookov
erwhelminglydoesgoodintheworld."

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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