Digital Detox

Tom  - reviewer of the lesson plan   Tom | April 20, 2023
General English, Speaking Lessons
Habits, Technology
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Students in an American English lesson discussing technology addiction, with an illustrative example of the benefits of a digital detox.

Lesson Overview

Is it time to pull the plug on technology usage? In this lesson, students will discuss addiction to technology. This lesson features a video about the benefits of a digital detox. Students will learn and practice vocabulary and idioms relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will watch a video discussing the benefits of a digital detox and how excessive use of technology impacts sleep, self-esteem, productivity, and social life. This listening activity aims to enhance their comprehension of spoken English, focusing on the consequences of technology addiction and the advantages of limiting screen time.

  • Speaking: Learners will share their personal experiences and opinions about technology addiction and digital detox. They will practice expressing their thoughts in English, debating the necessity and challenges of reducing screen time in today’s digital age.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary related to technology usage and mental health, such as "digital detox," "mental health," "social media," "anxiety," and "narcissism." Learning these terms will assist students in discussing and understanding the effects of technology on personal well-being more effectively.

  • Homework: The homework involves exercises related to the lesson's topic, where students will work on tasks like matching terms with definitions, filling in blanks in sentences about technology use, and answering questions about their personal experiences with technology. These tasks aim to reinforce the vocabulary and concepts learned in class, helping students apply their knowledge in practical contexts.


Are you addicted to your smartphone? Do you want to improve your sleep, productivity, or social life? Watch this video to learn about the benefits of doing a digital detox.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

pull the plug [idiom]: prevent something from happening or continuing
digital detox [idiom]: a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world
be glued [idiom]: to watch (something) very closely for a long time
self-esteem [noun]: a confidence and satisfaction in oneself
strain one’s eyes [idiom]: to try very hard to see
off the grid [adjective]: not connected to electricity, gas, or water
wake-up call [noun]: something that serves to alert a person to a problem, danger, or need
downside [noun]: a negative aspect
highlight [noun]: something (such as an event or detail) that is of major significance or special interest
mindful of [adjective]: conscious or aware of something; to think about it and consider it when taking action
come in handy [idiom]: to turn out to be useful when needed
easier said than done [idiom]: not easy to do
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