Addictive Social Media

Rob - author of the lesson plan   Rob I November 17, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
Social Media
C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
ESL lesson plan for an online class titled “Addictive Social Media”

Lesson Overview

Are you hooked on virtual social life? In this lesson, students will discuss social media addiction and the negative effects it has in relation to coping mechanisms. This lesson features a video of TED speaker Simon Sinek talking about millennials and how addiction to technology is costing relationships, jobs, and personal satisfaction. Students will learn and practice collocations and set phrases associated with social media and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and review collocations and set phrases associated with social media, focusing on the correct usage of these expressions in sentences that relate to digital habits and their consequences.

  • Listening: Students will improve their listening skills by engaging with a video about the psychological effects of social media. They will listen for details that explain how social media can be addictive and affect personal relationships and mental health.

  • Speaking: Through discussions and role-play, students will articulate their views on social media usage, addiction, and its impact on personal life. They will practice using new vocabulary and phrases to express their opinions clearly and effectively.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce vocabulary related to social media habits, including terms like "digital detox," "binge-watch," and "unfettered access." These terms will help students discuss and analyze social media use critically.

  • Cultural Awareness: Students will explore different cultural perspectives on social media usage, discussing how various societies view social media addiction and regulate digital consumption among different age groups.

  • Homework: Students will engage with exercises that include matching phrases to their definitions, filling in blanks with appropriate vocabulary, and creating sentences using new terms. These tasks will help consolidate their understanding of the vocabulary and concepts discussed during the lesson.


How much time do you spend on social media every day? Would you limit your child’s time and access to it? Watch a video with TED speaker Simon Sinek who talks about children and how addiction to technology and social media cost many people relationships, jobs, and personal satisfaction.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

adolescence [noun]: the period in your life between childhood and adulthood
dopamine [noun]: a chemical produced by your body that is considered to be the main chemical of pleasure
numb [adjective]: unable to feel any emotions or to think clearly
get somebody down [phrasal verb]: make somebody feel unhappy or depressed
equivalent [noun]: something that has the same qualities as something else
liquor [noun]: strong alcoholic drink
transition [noun]: a change from one state to another, often a gradual one
hardwire [verb]: to install permanently, e.g., a computer program
unfettered [adjective]: not limited by rules
superficial [adjective]: only on the surface of something, not deep or real
gambling [noun]: the activity of betting on something for money, e.g., in card games or horse racing
acculturate [verb]: to change thus becoming more like people from a different culture
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