The Reading / Listening - Snapchat Dysmorphia - Level 4

Doctors are reporting a big increase in patients having cosmetic surgery to look like their Snapchat selfies. This new trend is called "Snapchat dysmorphia". This is similar to body dysmorphic disorder, where someone is obsessed with the idea that something is wrong with their body or face and needs fixing. Most plastic surgeons reported an increase in the number of people who want to change their face to look like their cute Snapchat selfies.



Social media apps let people make photos of their face look "cuter". This is making teenagers and young people obsessed with the "perfect" face. Many of the requests are impossible to do surgically. Doctors wrote: "This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients." This can affect self-esteem. Many people want thinner noses, wider eyes and fuller lips.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Snapchat Dysmorphia - Level 5 or  Snapchat Dysmorphia - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.newsweek.com/more-people-seek-surgery-look-better-selfies-1057713
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/snapchat-dysmorphia-has-social-media-users-seeking-plastic-surgery/
  • https://www.cosmopolitan.com.au/health-fitness/snapchat-filter-plastic-surgery-27727


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Doctors are reporting a big
  2. cosmetic
  3. This new trend is called
  4. obsessed with the
  5. something is
  6. their body or face and needs
  7. Most plastic surgeons reported
  8. look like their cute Snapchat
  1. an increase
  2. "Snapchat dysmorphia"
  3. fixing
  4. selfies
  5. idea
  6. increase in patients
  7. wrong
  8. surgery

Paragraph 2

  1. social media
  2. photos of their face look
  3. obsessed with the
  4. impossible to do
  5. This is an alarming
  6. blurring the line of reality
  7. This can affect self
  8. wider eyes and fuller
  1. esteem
  2. surgically
  3. "cuter"
  4. lips
  5. and fantasy
  6. "perfect" face
  7. trend
  8. apps

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Doctors (1) ___________________ big increase in patients having cosmetic surgery to look like their Snapchat selfies. This (2) ___________________ called "Snapchat dysmorphia". This is (3) ___________________ dysmorphic disorder, where someone is obsessed with the idea that something (4) ___________________ their body or face and needs fixing. Most plastic surgeons reported (5) ___________________ the number of people who want to change their face to look (6) ___________________ Snapchat selfies.

Social media apps let people (7) ___________________ their face look "cuter". This is making teenagers and (8) ___________________ with the "perfect" face. Many of the requests are impossible (9) ___________________. Doctors wrote: "This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies (10) ___________________ unattainable look and are blurring the line of (11) ___________________ for these patients." This can affect self-esteem. Many people (12) ___________________, wider eyes and fuller lips.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Doctorsarereportingabigincreaseinpatientshavingcosmeticsurgeryt
olookliketheirSnapchatselfies.Thisnewtrendiscalled"Snapchatdysm
orphia".Thereissimilartobodydysmorphicdisorder,wheresomeoneis
obsessedwiththeideathatsomethingiswrongwiththeirbodyorfacean
dneedsfixing.Mostplasticsurgeonsreportedanincreaseinthenumber
ofpeoplewhowanttochangetheirfacetolookliketheircuteSnapchatsel
fies.Socialmediaappsletpeoplemakephotosoftheirfacelook"cuter".T
hisismakingteenagersandyoungpeopleobsessedwiththe"perfect"fac
e.Manyoftherequestsareimpossibletodosurgically.Doctorswrote:"T
hisisanalarmingtrendbecausethosefilteredselfiesoftenpresentanun
attainablelookandareblurringthelineofrealityandfantasyforthesepat
ients."Thiscanaffectselfesteem.Manypeoplewantthinnernoses,wide
reyesandfullerlips.

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