Social Media: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Social media has become a viral tool to connect and share information with friends and family.

Social networking is a part of everyday life for most teenagers.

Do you think a social media site like Facebook will remain popular, or will it die and new ones will take its place?

This ESL lesson will improve your English speaking ability and get you talking about the pros and cons of social media.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Social Media

1. Do you think this woman is checking her Facebook account?

2. Do you think it’s the weekend or a weekday?

3. How long will the couple do their separate activities?

4. Would you rather read the newspaper or spend time on Facebook?

5. Do you check your messages during family dinners?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. Do you have a Facebook account?

  • Yes
  • No

2. How many friends or connections do you have in your social network?

  • 10
  • 25
  • 50
  • 100
  • 200
  • 500
  • 1,000
  • 5,000 +

3. How often do you check your social networking account(s)?

  • Every 5 minutes
  • Every 30 minutes
  • Hourly
  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Almost never

4. What do you do MOST OFTEN in your social networks?

  • Chat with friends
  • Play games
  • Post pictures
  • Send messages and files
  • Find connections
  • Other

5. What things do you NOT like about social media?

  • Privacy issues
  • Irrelevant advertising
  • Spam posts
  • Invites from people I don’t know
  • Can’t delete my old posts easily
  • Spam email
  • Internet scams or phishing
  • Other

6. Who do you accept friend requests from?

  • People I know personally
  • Friends of friends
  • Anybody who wants to connect

7. What percentage of all your Facebook or LinkedIn friends do you actually meet “ in person” at least once a year?

  • 0%
  • 10%
  • 25%
  • 50%
  • 80%
  • 100%

8. Should school teachers create Facebook pages to connect with their students?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Maybe

9. Do you think Facebook will be around in 5 years? Why or why not?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Perhaps

10. What other social media sites do you use besides Facebook? Choose all that apply.

  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • SnapChat
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google+
  • YouTube

Part III: Share Your Opinons

Social Media 2
Discuss the Photo

1. What’s the man doing on his computer?

2. Do you think he’s a productive employee?

More Discussion

3. Does you father work on a computer?

4. Do you sometimes use social media for school activities or assignments?

5. Are you distracted from your homework because of social media sites?

6. What kinds of things do you share on social media?

7. Should employers disallow social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube?

9. If your parents allowed you to access only one social media site, which one would it?

10. Does your class or school have a Facebook page?

Did you enjoy this ESL Lesson? 

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