The Reading / Listening - Social Media - Level 1

Posting too many selfies can lead to narcissism. This is selfishness and the belief you are better than you are. You think you are better than everyone else. Researchers found that people who used social media sites a lot showed a 25 per cent rise in narcissism in just four months. The researchers studied people aged 18 to 34 and how their personality changed. Posting selfies seemed to increase levels of narcissism; sending text messages didn't.



A researcher said there were links between narcissism and the use of selfies. He said there wasn't much research on this topic. The results of his study suggest that posting selfies can increase narcissism. He said that "about 20 per cent of people may be at risk of developing" narcissism. They want attention and likes from other people after they post a selfie. They want to show others how their life is better.

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Sources
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/selfies-narcissist-post-facebook-instagram-social-media-twitter-a8626946.html
  • https://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/overdoing-selfies-linked-to-increase-in-narcissism-1-4827398
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6372523/Excessive-posting-selfies-linked-increase-narcissism.html


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. the belief you are better
  2. you are better than
  3. people who used social media sites
  4. a 25 per cent rise in narcissism in
  5. people aged
  6. how their personality
  7. increase levels
  8. sending
  1. 18 to 34
  2. of narcissism
  3. everyone else
  4. text messages
  5. than you are
  6. just four months
  7. changed
  8. a lot

Paragraph 2

  1. links between narcissism
  2. there wasn't much research
  3. posting selfies can
  4. be at risk of developing
  5. They want attention
  6. after they post
  7. They want to
  8. how their life
  1. a selfie
  2. narcissism
  3. show others
  4. on this topic
  5. increase narcissism
  6. is better
  7. and likes
  8. and the use of selfies

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Posting (1) ___________________ can lead to narcissism. This is selfishness and the belief you (2) ___________________ you are. You think you are better (3) ___________________. Researchers found that people who used social media sites a lot showed a 25 per cent rise in narcissism (4) ___________________ months. The researchers studied (5) ___________________ to 34 and how their personality changed. Posting selfies seemed to increase levels of narcissism; (6) ___________________ didn't.

A researcher said (7) ___________________ between narcissism and the use of selfies. He said there (8) ___________________ on this topic. The results (9) ___________________ suggest that posting selfies can increase narcissism. He said that "about 20 per cent of people (10) ___________________ risk of developing" narcissism. They want attention (11) ___________________ other people after they post a selfie. They want to show others how their (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Postingtoomanyselfiescanleadtonarcissism.Thisisselfishnessandth
ebeliefyouarebetterthanyouare.Youthinkyouarebetterthaneveryon
eelse.Researchersfoundthatpeoplewhousedsocialmediasitesalotsh
oweda25percentriseinnarcissisminjustfourmonths.Theresearchers
studiedpeopleaged18to34andhowtheirpersonalitychanged.Posting
selfiesseemedtoincreaselevelsofnarcissism;sendingtextmessagesd
idn't.Aresearchersaidtherewerelinksbetweennarcissismandtheuseo
fselfies.Hesaidtherewasn'tmuchresearchonthistopic.Theresultsofhi
sstudysuggestthatpostingselfiescanincreasenarcissism.Hesaidthat"
about20percentofpeoplemaybeatriskofdeveloping"narcissism.They
wantattentionandlikesfromotherpeopleaftertheypostaselfie.Theyw
anttoshowothershowtheirlifeisbetter.

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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