Weekly Error Correction: Social Media & Health

Every week we will post a new discussion question or topic. Students, please write a comment based on the topic below. If you make a mistake in grammar or vocabulary, we will give you free feedback on how to correct your error. (Note: each student is limited to one correction).

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The Topic: Social Media and Health

Background: Netflix released a documentary called The Social Dilemma this year which criticizes social media for its negative effect on health and democracy.  (Teachers, see related lesson plans).

Task: Read the statistics and quotations below. Which idea is most surprising? Which have you experienced personally? Which is the biggest problem? Pick one idea and write a comment on it below.

  1. Teens use entertainment screen media for an average of nearly 7.5 hours a day – not including the time they spend using screens for school or homework. [Common Sense Media, 2019]
  2. A third of American adults – and nearly half of those ages 18-29 – say they are online “almost constantly.” [Pew Research Center, 2019]
  3. A 5,000 person study found that higher social media use correlated with self-reported declines in mental and physical health and life satisfaction. [American Journal of Epidemiology, February 2017]
  4. 80% of students mistake “sponsored content” ads for legitimate news. [NPR, Stanford, 2016]
  5. 17% of Americans believe personalized ads are ethical. [RSA Data Privacy & Security Survey: 2019]
  6. “You look over at the other [political] side, and you start to think, ‘How can those people be so stupid? Look at all of this information that I’m constantly seeing. How are they not seeing that same  information?’ And the answer is: they are not seeing that same information.” – Film Subject Justin Rosenstein — Do you think it’s important for everyone to have the same set of facts? Do you follow people and sources you disagree with? Why or why not?
[Source: The Social Dilemma Discussion Guide]

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