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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