The Reading / Listening - Social Media - Level 2

Posting too many selfies may cause a rise in narcissism, say researchers. Narcissism is selfishness and the belief you are very talented and beautiful. You need attention from others and think you are better than everyone else. Researchers found that big users of social media sites like Facebook showed a 25 per cent rise in narcissism in just four months. The researchers studied how people aged 18 to 34 used social media and looked at how their personality changed. Posting selfies seemed to increase levels of narcissism in a way that text messages do not.



Professor Phil Reed, from Swansea University, said: "There have been suggestions of links between narcissism and the use of [selfies] on social media...but until this study, it was not known if...[this] is associated with the...growth in narcissism. The results of this 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 also want to show others how their life is better or how they are more attractive.

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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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the belief you are very
  2. You need attention
  3. think you are better than
  4. big users of
  5. a 25 per cent rise in narcissism
  6. how people aged 18 to 34
  7. how their personality
  8. increase levels of
  1. everyone else
  2. used social media
  3. from others
  4. narcissism
  5. social media
  6. changed
  7. talented
  8. in just four months

Paragraph 2

  1. the use of selfies
  2. associated with the growth
  3. The results of this study
  4. posting selfies can
  5. at risk of developing
  6. They want attention and likes
  7. show others how their
  8. how they are more
  1. suggest that
  2. life is better
  3. narcissism
  4. attractive
  5. on social media
  6. increase narcissism
  7. in narcissism
  8. from other people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Posting too many selfies (1) ___________________ rise in narcissism, say researchers. Narcissism is selfishness and the belief (2) ___________________ talented and beautiful. You need attention from others (3) ___________________ are better than everyone else. Researchers found that big (4) ___________________ media sites like Facebook showed a 25 per cent rise in narcissism in just four months. The researchers studied how people aged 18 to 34 used social media (5) ___________________ how their personality changed. Posting selfies seemed to increase levels of narcissism (6) ___________________ that text messages do not.

Professor Phil Reed, from Swansea University, said: "There have been suggestions (7) ___________________ narcissism and the use of [selfies] on social media...but (8) ___________________, it was not known if...[this] (9) ___________________ the...growth in narcissism. The results of this (10) ___________________...posting selfies can increase narcissism." He said that "about 20 per cent of people may (11) ___________________ of developing" narcissism. They want attention and likes from other people after they post a selfie. They also want to (12) ___________________ their life is better or how they are more attractive.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ul.Youneedattentionfromothersandthinkyouarebetterthaneveryone
else.ResearchersfoundthatbigusersofsocialmediasiteslikeFacebook
showeda25percentriseinnarcissisminjustfourmonths.Theresearche
rsstudiedhowpeopleaged18to34usedsocialmediaandlookedathowt
heirpersonalitychanged.Postingselfiesseemedtoincreaselevelsofnar
cissisminawaythattextmessagesdonot.ProfessorPhilReed,fromSwa
nseaUniversity,said:"Therehavebeensuggestionsoflinksbetweenna
rcissismandtheuseof[selfies]onsocialmedia...butuntilthisstudy,itwa
snotknownif...[this]isassociatedwiththe...growthinnarcissism.Ther
esultsofthisstudysuggestthat...postingselfiescanincreasenarcissis
m."Hesaidthat"about20percentofpeoplemaybeatriskofdeveloping"
narcissism.Theywantattentionandlikesfromotherpeopleaftertheypo
staselfie.Theyalsowanttoshowothershowtheirlifeisbetterorhowthey
aremoreattractive.

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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