The Reading / Listening - Social Media - Level 3

Using social media too much and posting many selfies have caused a rise in narcissism, according to a new study. Narcissism is when someone becomes very selfish and believes they are very talented and beautiful. They need attention from other people and think they are better than everyone else. Researchers at universities in Swansea and Milan found that heavy users of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter showed a 25 per cent rise in narcissism in just four months. The researchers studied how 74 people aged 18 to 34 used social media and looked at how their personality changed. They said that posting selfies seemed to increase levels of narcissism in a way that text messaging does not.



Professor Phil Reed, from the Department of Psychology at Swansea University, said: "There have been suggestions of links between narcissism and the use of [selfies] on social media, such as Facebook, but until this study, it was not known if...using such platforms is associated with the...growth in narcissism. The results of this study suggest that...posting selfies can increase narcissism." Professor Read said that "about 20 per cent of people may be at risk of developing" narcissism. This is because 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 beautiful or attractive.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Social Media - Level 0 Social Media - Level 1   or  Social Media - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. SELFIES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about selfies. 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?
       social media / narcissism / selfish / attention / universities / personality / links /
       text messaging / platforms / growth / study / selfie / risk / beautiful / attractive
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. NARCISSISM: Students A strongly believe social media leads to narcissism; Students B strongly believe it doesn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SOCIAL MEDIA: What are the problems of social media? What can we do about these problems? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Problem(s)

What can we do?

Narcissism

 

 

Bullying

 

 

No exercise

 

 

Fake news

 

 

Privacy

 

 

Poor eyesight

 

 

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5. TEXT MESSAGING: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "text messaging". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. POSTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best kinds of posts at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • travel photos
  • memes
  • words about love
  • politics
  • selfies
  • lunch
  • cats
  • children

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. caused a. Give the impression or idea of being something or having a particular thing.
      2. narcissism b. Made something, especially something bad, happen.
      3. according to c. Looking at, writing or speaking to someone or something; thinking that someone or something is interesting or important.
      4. selfish d. Being very, very selfish, with a big idea of one's own talents and a great need to be admired.
      5. attention e. A person not caring about other people; only thinking about your own personal profit or pleasure.
      6. personality f. As spoken or written by.
      7. seemed g. All of the things or qualities that make someone's character.

    Paragraph 2

      8. suggestions h. An idea or plan put forward for others to think about.
      9. platforms i. Being nice to look at.
      10. associated j. The hardware of a computer system, that can run different kinds of software; a social media website.
      11. growth k. Growing or causing to grow and become more mature or advanced.
      12. risk l. Of a person or thing connected with something else.
      13. developing m. The process of increasing in physical size.
      14. attractive n. The possibility that something unpleasant or unwelcome will happen.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Narcissism is when people care about others more than themselves.     T / F
  2. Narcissists think they are better than everyone else.     T / F
  3. Posting many selfies increases the risk of narcissism by 50%.     T / F
  4. Researchers looked at 74 people in their twenties and thirties.     T / F
  5. A professor suggested there was too little research on this issue.     T / F
  6. The professor said his study suggested selfies lead to narcissism.     T / F
  7. The professor said 20 per cent of people are at risk of narcissism.     T / F
  8. Narcissists want to show others how bad their life is.     T / F

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

  1. narcissism
  2. study
  3. talented
  4. rise
  5. personality
  6. links
  7. such as
  8. risk
  9. post
  10. attractive
  1. like
  2. character
  3. good-looking
  4. research
  5. upload
  6. increase
  7. self-love
  8. connections
  9. chance
  10. gifted

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

  1. posting many selfies have caused a
  2. They need attention
  3. social media sites
  4. looked at how their personality
  5. posting selfies seemed to increase
  6. using such
  7. associated with the
  8. about 20 per cent of people may be at
  9. They also want to show others
  10. how they are more beautiful
  1. platforms
  2. changed
  3. risk
  4. or attractive
  5. rise in narcissism
  6. how their life is better
  7. like Facebook
  8. levels of narcissism
  9. growth
  10. from other people

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
heavy
rise
text
just
selfish
personality
much
attention

Using social media too (1) ____________ and posting many selfies have caused a (2) ____________ in narcissism, according to a new study. Narcissism is when someone becomes very (3) ____________ and believes they are very talented and beautiful. They need (4) ____________ from other people and think they are better than everyone else. Researchers at universities in Swansea and Milan found that (5) ____________ users of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter showed a 25 per cent rise in narcissism in (6) ____________ four months. The researchers studied how 74 people aged 18 to 34 used social media and looked at how their (7) ____________ changed. They said that posting selfies seemed to increase levels of narcissism in a way that (8) ____________ messaging does not.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
other
known
risk
suggestions
attractive
use
growth
study

Professor Phil Reed, from the Department of Psychology at Swansea University, said: "There have been (9) ____________ of links between narcissism and the (10) ____________ of [selfies] on social media, such as Facebook, but until this study, it was not (11) ____________ if...using such platforms is associated with the... (12) ____________ in narcissism. The results of this (13) ____________ suggest that...posting selfies can increase narcissism." Professor Read said that "about 20 per cent of people may be at (14) ____________ of developing" narcissism. This is because they want attention and likes from (15) ____________ people after they post a selfie. They also want to show others how their life is better or how they are more beautiful or (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Using social media too much and posting many selfies have caused ______ narcissism
     a.  a rising
     b.  a risen in
     c.  a rise in
     d.  a riser in
2) when someone becomes very selfish and believes they are ______ beautiful
     a.  very talent it and
     b.  very talented end
     c.  very talent it end
     d.  very talented and
3)  They need attention from other people and think they are better ______ else
     a.  that everyone
     b.  them everyone
     c.  than everyone
     d.  their everyone
4) aged 18 to 34 used social media and looked at how ______ changed
     a.  their purse anomaly
     b.  their pursue sanity
     c.  their purser sanity
     d.  their personality
5) selfies seemed to increase levels of narcissism in a way that text ______ not
     a.  massaging does
     b.  messaging does
     c.  massage in does
     d.  messaging doesn't

6)  There have been suggestions of links between narcissism and ______ selfies
     a.  the used of
     b.  the use of
     c.  the uses off
     d.  the use off
7)  using such platforms is associated with the ______ narcissism
     a.  grow thing
     b.  grow thin
     c.  grow think
     d.  growth in
8)  The results of this study suggest that...posting selfies ______ narcissism
     a.  can ink crease
     b.  can ink raise
     c.  can in creased
     d.  can increase
9)  Read said that "about 20 per cent of people may be at risk ______ narcissism
     a.  of develop in
     b.  off developing
     c.  off develop in
     d.  of developing
10)  show others how their life is better or how they are more beautiful ______
     a.  or attractively
     b.  or attractive
     c.  or attract live
     d.  or a tracked tiff

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Using social media too much and posting many selfies (1) ___________________ rise in narcissism, according to a new study. Narcissism is when someone becomes (2) ___________________ believes they are very talented and beautiful. They need attention from other people and think they are better (3) ___________________. Researchers at universities in Swansea and Milan found that (4) ___________________ social media sites like Facebook and Twitter showed a 25 per cent rise in narcissism in just four months. The researchers studied how 74 people aged 18 to 34 used social media and (5) ___________________ their personality changed. They said that posting selfies seemed to increase levels of narcissism in a (6) ___________________ messaging does not.

Professor Phil Reed, from the Department of Psychology at Swansea University, said: "There have been suggestions (7) ___________________ narcissism and the use of [selfies] on social media, such as Facebook, but until this study, it (8) ___________________ if...using such platforms is associated with (9) ___________________ narcissism. The results of this study suggest that...posting selfies can increase narcissism." Professor Read said that "about 20 per cent of people may (10) ___________________ of developing" narcissism. This is because they want attention and likes from other people (11) ___________________ a selfie. They also want to show others how their life is better or how they are more (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What can posting too many selfies lead to?
  2. Who do narcissists need attention from?
  3. What two universities are the researchers from?
  4. How many people did the researchers look at?
  5. What did the researchers say does not lead to a rise in narcissism?
  6. In what department does Professor Phil Read work?
  7. What was not known until this study came out?
  8. How many people are at risk of developing narcissism?
  9. What two things do people want after they post a selfie?
  10. What do narcissistic people want to show is better than others'?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What can posting too many selfies lead to?
a) blisters
b) stress
c) narcissism
d) many likes
2) Who do narcissists need attention from?
a) other people
b) themselves
c) their best friend
d) strangers
3) What two universities are the researchers from?
a) Monaco and Seattle
b) Swansea and Milan
c) Swansea and Monaco
d) Milan and Seattle
4) How many people did the researchers look at?
a) 75
b) 72
c) 73
d) 74
5) What did the researchers say does not lead to a rise in narcissism?
a) sending tweets
b) surfing the Internet
c) text messaging
d) writing letters

6) In what department does Professor Phil Read work?
a) physiology
b) psychology
c) psychiatry
d) physics
7) What was not known until this study came out?
a) what narcissism was
b) how many narcissists there were
c) how bad social media was
d) links to narcissism
8) How many people are at risk of developing narcissism?
a) 30%
b) 20%
c) 25%
d) 35%
9) What two things do people want after they post a selfie?
a) sleep and likes
b) posts and attention
c) food and sleep
d) likes and attention
10) What do narcissistic people want to show is better than others'?
a) their life
b) their photos
c) their house
d) their smile

Role play

Role  A – Selfies
You think selfies are the best kinds of photos to post on social media. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their photos. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): lunch, children or cats.

Role  B – Lunch
You think photos of lunch are the best kinds of photos to post on social media. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their photos. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): selfies, children or cats.

Role  C – Children
You think photos of children are the best kinds of photos to post on social media. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their photos. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): lunch, selfies or cats.

Role  D – Cats
You think cats are the best kinds of photos to post on social media. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their photos. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): lunch, children or selfies.

After reading / listening

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

'social'

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  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'media'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • suggestions
    • such
    • growth
    • 20
    • risk
    • attractive
    • much
    • selfish
    • else
    • heavy
    • just
    • personality




    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 - Posting selfies on social media can be bad

    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 'social media'?
    3. What do you think of narcissism?
    4. How selfish are you?
    5. How often do you upload selfies?
    6. What do you think of Facebook and Twitter?
    7. Does your personality change when you are on social media?
    8. What would people do if there was no social media?
    9. Do you care about how many likes your posts get?
    10. Have you had any bad experiences on social media?

    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. Are you narcissistic?
    5. What do you think of selfies?
    6. What are the bad things about social media?
    7. What are the best things to post on social media?
    8. Has social media made your life better?
    9. How could social media sites make their platforms better?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    Using social media too much and posting many selfies have (1) ____ a rise in narcissism, according to a new study. Narcissism is when someone becomes very selfish and (2) ____ they are very talented and beautiful. They need (3) ____ from other people and think they are better than everyone else. Researchers at universities in Swansea and Milan found that (4) ____ users of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter showed a 25 per cent rise in narcissism in just four months. The researchers studied how 74 people aged 18 to 34 used social media and looked at how (5) ____ personality changed. They said that posting selfies seemed to increase levels of narcissism in a way that (6) ____ messaging does not.

    Professor Phil Reed, from the Department of Psychology at Swansea University, said: "There have been suggestions of links (7) ____ narcissism and the use of [selfies] on social media, such (8) ____ Facebook, but until this study, it was not known if...using such platforms is associated with the...growth (9) ____ narcissism. The results of this study suggest that...posting selfies can increase narcissism." Professor Read said that "about 20 per cent of people may be at (10) ____ of developing" narcissism. This is because they want (11) ____ and likes from other people after they post a selfie. They also want to (12) ____ others how their life is better or how they are more beautiful or attractive.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     caused     (b)     casted     (c)     cased     (d)     creased    
    2. (a)     bereaves     (b)     behaves     (c)     believes     (d)     befits    
    3. (a)     condition     (b)     retention     (c)     station     (d)     attention    
    4. (a)     lead     (b)     heavy     (c)     concrete     (d)     overweight    
    5. (a)     they're     (b)     they     (c)     them     (d)     their    
    6. (a)     task     (b)     trust     (c)     text     (d)     track    
    7. (a)     along     (b)     between     (c)     through     (d)     moreover    
    8. (a)     as     (b)     was     (c)     has     (d)     that's    
    9. (a)     in     (b)     at     (c)     by     (d)     up    
    10. (a)     brisk     (b)     tricks     (c)     risk     (d)     whisk    
    11. (a)     attending     (b)     attends     (c)     attended     (d)     attention    
    12. (a)     reveal     (b)     show     (c)     visible     (d)     display

    Spelling

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Professor Phil Reed, from the Department of Psychology of / at Swansea University, said: "There have been suggestions of links / link between narcissism and the use of [selfies] in / on social media, such as Facebook, but until this study, it was not knowing / known if...using such platforms is associated with the...grown / growth in narcissism. The results of this study suggest that...posting selfies can increases / increase narcissism." Professor Read said that "about 20 per cent of people may be / been at risk of developing" narcissism. This is because they want attention and like / likes from other people after they post a selfie. They also want to show other / others how their life is better or how they are more beautiful or attraction / attractive.

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    using social media too much and posting many selfies have caused a rise in narcissism, according to a new study. narcissism is when someone becomes very selfish and believes they are very talented and beautiful. they need attention from other people and think they are better than everyone else. researchers at universities in swansea and milan found that heavy users of social media sites like facebook and twitter showed a 25 per cent rise in narcissism in just four months. the researchers studied how 74 people aged 18 to 34 used social media and looked at how their personality changed. they said that posting selfies seemed to increase levels of narcissism in a way that text messaging does not.

    professor phil reed, from the department of psychology at swansea university, said: "there have been suggestions of links between narcissism and the use of [selfies] on social media, such as facebook, but until this study, it was not known if...using such platforms is associated with the...growth in narcissism. the results of this study suggest that...posting selfies can increase narcissism." professor read said that "about 20 per cent of people may be at risk of developing" narcissism. this is because 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 beautiful or attractive.

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    Usingsocialmediatoomuchandpostingmanyselfieshavecausedarisei
    nnarcissism,accordingtoanewstudy.Narcissismiswhensomeonebec
    omesveryselfishandbelievestheyareverytalentedandbeautiful.They
    needattentionfromotherpeopleandthinktheyarebetterthaneveryon
    eelse.ResearchersatuniversitiesinSwanseaandMilanfoundthatheav
    yusersofsocialmediasiteslikeFacebookandTwittershoweda25percen
    triseinnarcissisminjustfourmonths.Theresearchersstudiedhow74pe
    opleaged18to34usedsocialmediaandlookedathowtheirpersonalityc
    hanged.Theysaidthatpostingselfiesseemedtoincreaselevelsofnarcis
    sisminawaythattextmessagingdoesnot.ProfessorPhilReed,fromthe
    DepartmentofPsychologyatSwanseaUniversity,said:"Therehavebee
    nsuggestionsoflinksbetweennarcissismandtheuseof[selfies]onsocia
    lmedia,suchasFacebook,butuntilthisstudy,itwasnotknownif...using
    suchplatformsisassociatedwiththe...growthinnarcissism.Theresults
    ofthisstudysuggestthat...postingselfiescanincreasenarcissism."Prof
    essorReadsaidthat"about20percentofpeoplemaybeatriskofdevelopi
    ng"narcissism.Thisisbecausetheywantattentionandlikesfromotherp
    eopleaftertheypostaselfie.Theyalsowanttoshowothershowtheirlifeis
    betterorhowtheyaremorebeautifulorattractive.

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    Write about social media for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    You cannot use social media too much. 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. SELFIES: Make a poster about selfies. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SOCIAL MEDIA: Write a magazine article about putting a limit on when social media can be used. 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 selfies. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on 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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