The Reading / Listening - Snapchat Dysmorphia - Level 5

Cosmetic surgeons are reporting a disturbing increase in patients having facial procedures to look like their Snapchat selfies. Surgeons called this worrying new trend "Snapchat dysmorphia". There is a mental disorder called body dysmorphic disorder - where the sufferer is obsessed with the idea that part of their body is flawed and in need of big measures to fix it. The surgeons wrote about the condition in a journal. Most plastic surgeons reported an increase in the number of patients wanting to change their face to look like they do after using Snapchat filters.



Social media apps have filters to let people make photos of their face look "cuter". Doctors say this is making younger people, especially teenage girls and women, obsessed with the "perfect" face. Doctors say many of the requests are impossible to do surgically. They 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." They added this badly affects self-esteem. The most common surgery people want include thinner noses, wider eyes and fuller lips.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Snapchat Dysmorphia - Level 4 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. worrying new
  2. facial
  3. a mental
  4. part of their body
  5. in need of big
  6. surgeons wrote about the condition
  7. an increase in
  8. after
  1. disorder
  2. the number
  3. measures to fix it
  4. using Snapchat filters
  5. procedures
  6. is flawed
  7. trend
  8. in a journal

Paragraph 2

  1. social media apps
  2. women obsessed with the
  3. impossible to do
  4. This is an alarming
  5. blurring the line of reality
  6. this badly affects self
  7. The most common surgery
  8. wider eyes
  1. and fantasy
  2. people want
  3. "perfect" face
  4. and fuller lips
  5. surgically
  6. trend
  7. have filters
  8. esteem

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Cosmetic surgeons (1) ___________________ disturbing increase in patients having facial procedures to (2) ___________________ Snapchat selfies. Surgeons called this (3) ___________________ "Snapchat dysmorphia". There is a mental disorder called body dysmorphic disorder - where the sufferer is obsessed with the (4) ___________________ of their body is flawed and in need of big measures to fix it. The surgeons wrote about the condition (5) ___________________. Most plastic surgeons reported an increase in the number of patients wanting to change their face to look like they (6) ___________________ Snapchat filters.

Social media apps have (7) ___________________ people make photos of their face look "cuter". Doctors say this is making younger people, especially (8) ___________________ women, obsessed with the "perfect" face. Doctors say many of the requests are impossible (9) ___________________. They wrote: "This is (10) ___________________ because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the (11) ___________________ and fantasy for these patients." They added this badly affects self-esteem. The most common surgery people (12) ___________________ noses, wider eyes and fuller lips.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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gfacialprocedurestolookliketheirSnapchatselfies.Surgeonscalledthi
sworryingnewtrend"Snapchatdysmorphia".Thereisamentaldisorder
calledbodydysmorphicdisorder-wherethesuffererisobsessedwithth
eideathatpartoftheirbodyisflawedandinneedofbigmeasurestofixit.T
hesurgeonswroteabouttheconditioninajournal.Mostplasticsurgeons
reportedanincreaseinthenumberofpatientswantingtochangetheirfa
cetolookliketheydoafterusingSnapchatfilters.Socialmediaappshave
filterstoletpeoplemakephotosoftheirfacelook"cuter".Doctorssaythis
ismakingyoungerpeople,especiallyteenagegirlsandwomen,obsesse
dwiththe"perfect"face.Doctorssaymanyoftherequestsareimpossible
todosurgically.Theywrote:"Thisisanalarmingtrendbecausethosefilte
redselfiesoftenpresentanunattainablelookandareblurringthelineofr
ealityandfantasyforthesepatients."Theyaddedthisbadlyaffectsselfe
steem.Themostcommonsurgerypeoplewantincludethinnernoses,wi
dereyesandfullerlips.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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