The Reading / Listening - Snapchat Dysmorphia - Level 6

Cosmetic surgeons in the USA are reporting a disturbing increase in the number of patients seeking and having facial procedures to look like their Snapchat selfies. The surgeons have termed this alarming new trend "Snapchat dysmorphia". This term derives from the condition body dysmorphic disorder - a mental disorder where the sufferer is obsessed with the idea that part of their body or appearance is severely flawed and in need of drastic measures to fix it. The surgeons described the condition in the journal Facial Plastic Surgery. They wrote that 55 per cent of plastic surgeons reported an increase in the number of patients wanting alterations to their face to look like they do after using Snapchat filters.



Snapchat and other social media apps provide filters to allow people to "enhance" photos of their face to look "cuter". The professors say this is fuelling an obsession among younger people, especially teenage girls and women, with the "perfect" face. Doctors say many of the requests are physically impossible to perform 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: "The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on one's self-esteem." The most common procedures being requested include thinner noses, wider eyes and fuller lips.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Snapchat Dysmorphia - Level 4  or  Snapchat Dysmorphia - Level 5

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


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. COSMETIC SURGERY: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about cosmetic surgery. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       cosmetic surgery / increase / patients / selfies / mental disorder / alterations / filters /
       social media / professors / teenage / impossible / alarming / reality / fantasy / lips
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. BANNED: Students A strongly believe plastic surgery should be banned; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PLASTIC SURGERY: Is it OK for these people to have plastic surgery? Why/Why not? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.


People...

Is it OK?

Why (not)?

with Snapchat dysmorphia

 

 

with birth defects

 

 

with scars

 

 

who had traffic accidents

 

 

who need a new identity

 

 

who are rich

 

 

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5. PATIENTS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "patients". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SURGERY TYPE: Rank these with your partner. Put the least harmful types of cosmetic surgery at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • nose jobs
  • eye widening
  • face lift
  • tummy tuck
  • hair transplants
  • Botox
  • liposuction
  • lip enhancement

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. surgeons a. Changes.
      2. disturbing b. A surgical operation.
      3. procedures c. Gets something from somewhere.
      4. trend d. A medical doctor who is qualified to perform operations.
      5. derives e. Thinking about something so much that it upsets your life and may dominate and control your actions.
      6. obsessed f. Causing anxiety; worrying.
      7. alterations g. A topic that is the subject of many posts on a social media website within a short period of time.

    Paragraph 2

      8. enhance h. Not able to be reached or achieved.
      9. fuelling i. Making or becoming unclear or less distinct.
      10. perform j. Confidence in one's own worth or abilities; self-respect.
      11. unattainable k. Adding to passion, argument, or other emotion or activity.
      12. blurring l. An idea with no basis in reality.
      13. fantasy m. Carry out, accomplish, or fulfill an action, task, or function.
      14. self-esteem n. Make stronger, increase, or further improve the quality, value, or extent of something.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Doctors in the UK said more people are having plastic surgery.     T / F
  2. Surgeons said more people are having facial procedures.     T / F
  3. The article described a condition in which people disliked their body.     T / F
  4. Many people want surgery to look like their Snapchat selfies.     T / F
  5. A professor said teenage girls are becoming obsessed with their looks.     T / F
  6. Doctors say it is possible for surgery to create all of the selfie looks.     T / F
  7. Doctors say selfies are a great way of raising self-esteem.     T / F
  8. A doctor said the most common operation requested is a hair transplant. T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. disturbing
  2. procedures
  3. termed
  4. flawed
  5. alterations
  6. fuelling
  7. perform
  8. unattainable
  9. pervasiveness
  10. self-esteem
  1. carry out
  2. imperfect
  3. prevalence
  4. changes
  5. operations
  6. impossible
  7. worrying
  8. confidence
  9. called
  10. feeding

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. a disturbing increase in the
  2. facial
  3. a mental
  4. severely
  5. patients wanting
  6. "enhance" photos of their face
  7. many of the requests are physically
  8. blurring the line of reality
  9. take a toll on one's
  10. wider eyes
  1. self-esteem
  2. flawed
  3. impossible
  4. alterations to their face
  5. procedures
  6. and fantasy
  7. and fuller lips
  8. number of patients
  9. to look "cuter"
  10. disorder

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
trend
disturbing
number
severely
filters
facial
condition
mental

Cosmetic surgeons in the USA are reporting a (1) ____________ increase in the number of patients seeking and having (2) ____________ procedures to look like their Snapchat selfies. The surgeons have termed this alarming new (3) ____________ "Snapchat dysmorphia". This term derives from the condition body dysmorphic disorder - a (4) ____________ disorder where the sufferer is obsessed with the idea that part of their body or appearance is (5) ____________ flawed and in need of drastic measures to fix it. The surgeons described the (6) ____________ in the journal Facial Plastic Surgery. They wrote that 55 per cent of plastic surgeons reported an increase in the (7) ____________ of patients wanting alterations to their face to look like they do after using Snapchat (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
perform
fuelling
toll
filtered
fuller
requests
allow
fantasy

Snapchat and other social media apps provide filters to (9) ____________ people to "enhance" photos of their face to look "cuter". The professors say this is (10) ____________ an obsession among younger people, especially teenage girls and women, with the "perfect" face. Doctors say many of the (11) ____________ are physically impossible to (12) ____________ surgically. They wrote: "This is an alarming trend because those (13) ____________ selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and (14) ____________ for these patients." They added: "The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a (15) ____________ on one's self-esteem." The most common procedures being requested include thinner noses, wider eyes and (16) ____________ lips.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  a disturbing increase in the number of patients seeking and having ______
     a.  farcical procedures
     b.  facials procedures
     c.  facial procedures
     d.  facially procedures
2)  The surgeons have termed this alarming ______ "Snapchat dysmorphia"
     a.  new trends
     b.  new trendy
     c.  new trend
     d.  new trending
3)  the condition body dysmorphic disorder - a mental disorder where the ______
     a.  sufferer is obsess
     b.  sufferer is obsessed
     c.  sufferer is obsession
     d.  sufferer is obsessively
4)  part of their body or appearance is severely flawed and in need of ______
     a.  plastic measures
     b.  dross tick measures
     c.  drat stick measures
     d.  drastic measures
5) plastic surgeons reported an increase in the number of patients ______
     a.  wanton alterations
     b.  wanting alterations
     c.  want in alterations
     d.  one thing alterations

6)  Snapchat and other social media apps provide filters to allow people ______
     a.  to "enhance" photos
     b.  to "enhanced" photos
     c.  to "enhances" photos
     d.  to "enhancing" photos
7)  The professors say this is ______ obsession
     a.  fuel in an
     b.  fooling an
     c.  few ling an
     d.  fuelling an
8)  Doctors say many of the requests are physically impossible ______ surgically
     a.  too perform
     b.  two perform
     c.  to perform
     d.  thru perform
9)  filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of ______
     a.  reality and fantastic
     b.  realty and fantasy
     c.  realty and fan tasty
     d.  reality and fantasy
10)  The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on ______
     a.  one's self steam
     b.  once self-esteem
     c.  one is self a steam
     d.  one's self-esteem

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Cosmetic surgeons in the USA are reporting (1) ___________________ in the number of patients seeking and having facial procedures to look like their Snapchat selfies. The surgeons have (2) ___________________ new trend "Snapchat dysmorphia". This (3) ___________________ the condition body dysmorphic disorder - a mental disorder where the sufferer is obsessed with the idea that part of their body or appearance (4) ___________________ and in need of drastic measures (5) ___________________. The surgeons described the condition in the journal Facial Plastic Surgery. They wrote that 55 per cent of plastic surgeons reported an increase in the number of patients wanting (6) ___________________ face to look like they do after using Snapchat filters.

Snapchat and other social media apps provide (7) ___________________ people to "enhance" photos of their face to look "cuter". The professors say this is (8) ___________________ among younger people, especially teenage girls and women, with the "perfect" face. Doctors say many of the requests are physically impossible (9) ___________________. They wrote: "This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are (10) ___________________ of reality and fantasy for these patients." They added: "The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on (11) ___________________." The most common procedures being requested include thinner noses, wider eyes (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What are more people requesting?
  2. Who coined the condition "Snapchat dysmorphia"?
  3. What do people with body dysmorphic disorder think their body is?
  4. What is the name of the journal the research is published in?
  5. What percentage of plastic surgeons reported an increase?
  6. What do social media apps allow users to look?
  7. What are teenage girls becoming obsessed with?
  8. What line did a doctor say the filters blurred?
  9. What can the filters take a toll on?
  10. What kind of lips are people trying to get?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What are more people requesting?
a) hair transplants
b) facial procedures
c) tummy tucks
d) liposuction
2)  Who coined the condition "Snapchat dysmorphia"?
a) a magazine editor
b) a journal
c) surgeons
d) a patient
3)  What do people with body dysmorphic disorder think their body is?
a) too big
b) cute
c) ugly
d) severely flawed
4)  What is the name of the journal the research is published in?
a) Dysmorphia Surgery
b) Facial Plastic Surgery
c) Dysmorphia News
d) Facial Dysmorphia
5)  What percentage of plastic surgeons reported an increase?
a) 55%
b) 56%
c) 54%
d) 57%

6)  What do social media apps allow users to look?
a) cuter
b) cooler
c) thinner
d) better
7)  What are teenage girls becoming obsessed with?
a) apps
b) their smart phone
c) their skin
d) the perfect face
8)  What line did a doctor say the filters blurred?
a) apps and reality
b) beauty and normality
c) reality and fantasy
d) fantasy and fact
9)  What can the filters take a toll on?
a) bells
b) skin condition
c) phone bills
d) self-esteem
10)  What kind of lips are people trying to get?
a) red lips
b) fuller lips
c) big lips
d) thinner lips

Role play

Role  A – Hair Transplants
You think hair transplants are the least harmful type of cosmetic surgery. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their procedures. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): liposuction, nose jobs or face lifts.

Role  B – Liposuction
You think liposuction is the least harmful type of cosmetic surgery. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their procedures. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): hair transplants, nose jobs or face lifts.

Role  C – Nose Jobs
You think nose jobs is the least harmful type of cosmetic surgery. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their procedures. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): liposuction, hair transplants or face lifts.

Role  D – Face Lifts
You think face lifts are the least harmful type of cosmetic surgery. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their procedures. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): liposuction, nose jobs or hair transplants.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'cosmetic'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'surgeon'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • provide
    • obsession
    • present
    • fantasy
    • toll
    • lips
    • number
    • trend
    • mental
    • body
    • journal
    • alterations




    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 - People get surgery to look like Snapchat filters

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'surgery'?
    3. What do you think of selfies?
    4. Are you happy with your appearance?
    5. What do you think of filters on apps like Snapchat?
    6. What do you think of photos of yourself?
    7. What do you think of cosmetic surgery?
    8. How troubling is it that young people want to look like enhanced selfies?
    9. Why is there so much emphasis on looks?
    10. What advice do you have for someone with Snapchat dysmorphia?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'selfie'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How can we end this obsession with looks?
    5. Is there any part of your body or face you would like to change?
    6. Is social media harmful?
    7. How can we raise self-esteem in young people?
    8. Would you date someone who had cosmetic surgery?
    9. Should cosmetic surgery be banned?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the doctors?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Cosmetic surgeons in the USA are reporting a (1) ____ increase in the number of patients seeking and having (2) ____ procedures to look like their Snapchat selfies. The surgeons have termed this alarming new trend "Snapchat dysmorphia". This term (3) ____ from the condition body dysmorphic disorder - a mental disorder where the sufferer is obsessed with the idea that (4) ____ of their body or appearance is severely flawed and in need of drastic measures to fix it. The surgeons described the condition (5) ____ the journal Facial Plastic Surgery. They wrote that 55 per cent of plastic surgeons reported an increase in the number of patients wanting (6) ____ to their face to look like they do after using Snapchat filters.

    Snapchat and (7) ____ social media apps provide filters to allow people to "enhance" photos (8) ____ their face to look "cuter". The professors say this is fuelling an obsession (9) ____ younger people, especially teenage girls and women, with the "perfect" face. Doctors say many of the requests are (10) ____ impossible to perform surgically. They wrote: "This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are (11) ____ the line of reality and fantasy for these patients." They added: "The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on one's self-esteem." The most common procedures being requested include thinner noses, wider eyes and (12) ____ lips.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     disturbed     (b)     disturb     (c)     disturbing     (d)     disturbance    
    2. (a)     facial     (b)     farcical     (c)     force     (d)     fierce    
    3. (a)     derives     (b)     delves     (c)     derides     (d)     dealt    
    4. (a)     part     (b)     bit     (c)     fragment     (d)     element    
    5. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     in    
    6. (a)     aberration     (b)     altercations     (c)     alliterations     (d)     alterations    
    7. (a)     other     (b)     another     (c)     others     (d)     the others    
    8. (a)     as     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    9. (a)     among     (b)     between     (c)     on     (d)     in    
    10. (a)     physique     (b)     physically     (c)     physics     (d)     physician    
    11. (a)     incurring     (b)     blurring     (c)     stirring     (d)     erring    
    12. (a)     fuller     (b)     full     (c)     fully     (d)     full stop

    Spelling

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    cosmetic surgeons in the usa are reporting a disturbing increase in the number of patients seeking and having facial procedures to look like their snapchat selfies the surgeons have termed this alarming new trend snapchat dysmorphia this term derives from the condition body dysmorphic disorder a mental disorder where the sufferer is obsessed with the idea that part of their body or appearance is severely flawed and in need of drastic measures to fix it the surgeons described the condition in the journal facial plastic surgery they wrote that 55 per cent of plastic surgeons reported an increase in the number of patients wanting alterations to their face to look like they do after using snapchat filters

    snapchat and other social media apps provide filters to allow people to enhance photos of their face to look cuter the professors say this is fuelling an obsession among younger people especially teenage girls and women with the perfect face doctors say many of the requests are physically impossible to perform 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 the pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on ones self-esteem the most common procedures being requested include thinner noses wider eyes and fuller lips.

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    umberofpatientsseekingandhavingfacialprocedurestolookliketheirS
    napchatselfies.Thesurgeonshavetermedthisalarmingnewtrend"Sna
    pchatdysmorphia".Thistermderivesfromtheconditionbodydysmorp
    hicdisorder-amentaldisorderwherethesuffererisobsessedwiththeide
    athatpartoftheirbodyorappearanceisseverelyflawedandinneedofdra
    sticmeasurestofixit.Thesurgeonsdescribedtheconditioninthejournal
    FacialPlasticSurgery.Theywrotethat55percentofplasticsurgeonsrep
    ortedanincreaseinthenumberofpatientswantingalterationstotheirfa
    cetolookliketheydoafterusingSnapchatfilters.Snapchatandothersoc
    ialmediaappsprovidefilterstoallowpeopleto"enhance"photosoftheirf
    acetolook"cuter".Theprofessorssaythisisfuellinganobsessionamong
    youngerpeople,especiallyteenagegirlsandwomen,withthe"perfect"f
    ace.Doctorssaymanyoftherequestsarephysicallyimpossibletoperfor
    msurgically.Theywrote:"Thisisanalarmingtrendbecausethosefiltere
    dselfiesoftenpresentanunattainablelookandareblurringthelineofreal
    ityandfantasyforthesepatients."Theyadded:"Thepervasivenessofth
    esefilteredimagescantakeatollonone'sselfesteem."Themostcommo
    nproceduresbeingrequestedincludethinnernoses,widereyesandfulle
    rlips.

    Free writing

    Write about Snapchat dysmorphia for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Social media photo filters should be banned. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. COSMETIC SURGERY: Make a poster about cosmetic surgery. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SELFIES: Write a magazine article about enhancing photos to get the perfect selfie. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on cosmetic surgery. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on having cosmetic surgery to look like cute selfies. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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