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					IES ICARIA- ENGLISH READING & ACTIVITIES

The social network:Five clues that you are addicted to
Facebook
One day recently, Cynthia Newton's 12-year-old daughter asked her for help with
homework, but Newton didn't want to help her, because she was too busy on Facebook.
So her daughter went upstairs to her room and sent an e-mail asking her for help, but
Newton didn't see the e-mail, because, well, she was too busy on Facebook.




The problem exists when a Facebook user crosses the line from social networking into
social dysfunction.

 "I'm an addict. I just get lost in Facebook," Newton said. "My daughter gets so mad at
me, and really it is kind of pathetic. It's not something I'm particularly proud of. I just
get so sucked in."

Newton (that's not her real name; she's embarrassed by her Facebook use and requested
anonymity) says she spends about 20 hours a week on the social networking site, half
the time for work -- she runs an online business -- and half just for fun. She's tried to cut
down on her Facebook use but failed.

"I can go a whole day without Facebook," she said. "But I've never made it through an
entire weekend."

Although there are no statistics on "Facebook addiction" -- it isn't an actual medical
diagnosis -- therapists say they're seeing more and more people like Newton who've
crossed the line from social networking to social dysfunction.

"Last Friday, I had three clients in my office with Facebook problems," said Paula Pile,
a marriage and family therapist in Greensboro, North Carolina. "It's turned into a
compulsion -- a compulsion to dissociate from your real world and go live in the
Facebook world."

So how do you know when your Facebook use has turned into a compulsion? You can
take Pile's "Facebook Compulsion Inventory" to find out.

Pile and the other therapists interviewed for this article were quick to say that Facebook
itself isn't the problem and that the vast majority of its 200 million users probably
function just fine.


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"I'm on it myself," Pile said. "My daughter just got married, and I got great happiness
posting her wedding pictures for all my friends to see."

She says problems arise when users ignore family and work obligations because they
find the Facebook world a more enjoyable place to spend time than the real world.

Newton says she checks Facebook first thing when she wakes up, and then she checks
her Facebook page as many as seven times while at work, and then she'll check
Facebook again when she gets home and one more time before she goes to sleep. If
you've been keeping count, that's about 10 times a day.

A single parent, Newton includes "Facebook flirting" with men and meeting up with old
schoolmates among her favorite activities.

"One old friend told me he had a huge crush on me in kindergarten, and it tore him apart
when we weren't put in the same class in first grade," she said. "When I read that, it was
like, wow. I blushed at my computer. I had no idea I was so important to him. It felt
very real and warm and dear."

The problem is that it's not real, says Joanna Lipari, a clinical psychologist at the
University of California, Los Angeles. She compares Facebook to "The Truman Show,"
the 1998 Jim Carrey movie about a fabricated world where nothing ever goes wrong.

"Facebook is a fun, pleasant, happy, beautiful world. People only present the crème de
la crème of their lives on Facebook. And these people want to be your friends! It's very
seductive."

It's especially seductive when real life isn't going so well, Pile adds.

"In real life, people have morning breath, and you have to pay bills with them, and you
argue about who's going to change the baby's diaper," she said. "But Facebook is
happyland. You don't have to deal with any of that."

Newton says she knows all this and is frustrated at how much time she spends on
Facebook, given that she has a job and a child.

"I've thought about going cold turkey, but that would make me so uncomfortable. I
know I couldn't do it."

You know you're a Facebook addict when ...

1. You lose sleep over Facebook

"If you're staying up late at night because you're on Facebook, and you're tired the next
day, Facebook may be a compulsion for you," Lipari said. "You shouldn't be neglecting
yourself because of Facebook."

2. You spend more than an hour a day on Facebook




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Pile says it's hard to pinpoint exactly how much is too much time to be spending on
social networking.

"I can't imagine that anyone would need more than an hour a day on Facebook, and
probably no one needs more than 30 minutes," she said.

3. You become obsessed with old loves

Reconnecting with old friends is one of the great attractions of Facebook, and there's
nothing necessarily wrong with "friending" an old boyfriend or girlfriend. But Pile
warns that it can get out of hand very quickly.

"One of my clients met up with an old boyfriend on Facebook. They started spending
hours and hours into the night talking to each other on Facebook. She made some really
inappropriate comments about how unhappy she was in her marriage," Pile said. "Her
cousin saw the comments and told her parents, and the parents told the husband, and
now they're in the process of getting divorced."

4. You ignore work in favor of Facebook

"If you're not doing your job in order to sneak time on Facebook, you could have a real
problem," Lipari said.

5. The thought of getting off Facebook leaves you in a cold sweat

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       ACTIVITY 1 : Do you have any of the symptoms above? Can you spend a
       day or more without checking your Facebook?



       ACTIVITY 2 : GAP FILL: Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Time magazine has ____________ Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook,
as their Person of the Year 2010. Zuckerberg, 26, is the second-youngest
winner of the ____________. He won the award for connecting 12 percent of                statistic
the ____________ on his social networking site. This is an impressive                    quarter
____________ considering the site has yet to make any impression in China.              accolade
Mr Zuckerberg said on Wednesday, ____________ on his Facebook page:                   recognition
"Being named as Time Person of the Year is a real honor and ____________ of               named
how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people          naturally
want to use to make the world more open and ____________. I'm happy to be a            connected
part of that." The young entrepreneur owns a ____________ of the shares of                planet
Facebook and is a multi-billionaire.


It was ____________ for a while who would win Time’s annual honour.
Readers voting in the online poll chose the Wikileaks ____________ Julian
Assange as the winner. However, Time panelists chose Mark Zuckerberg.                    positive



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Time’s editor Richard Stengel ____________ they chose Zuckerberg because                 authority
he was a more ____________ figure than Assange and because he changed                     founder
“how we all live our lives in ways that are ____________ and even optimistic”.           potential
He wrote on Time’s website: "There is an erosion of trust in ____________, a             explained
decentralizing of power and at the same time, perhaps, a greater ____________            uncertain
in one another.” Mr another…” he said. Mr Stengel continued: “Zuckerberg                    faith
sees the world as filled with ____________ friends.” Perhaps only the                   innovative
Facebook creator himself knows how much more he can do.


        ACTIVITY 3:LANGUAGE – MULTIPLE CHOICE.Fill in the gaps.don’t
        look at the previous text!

Time magazine has named Mark Zuckerberg, the (1) ____ of Facebook, as their Person
of the Year 2010. Zuckerberg, 26, is the second-youngest winner of the accolade. He
won the award (2) ____ connecting 12 percent of the planet on his social networking
site. This is an impressive statistic (3) ____ the site has (4) ____ to make any
impression in China. Mr Zuckerberg said on Wednesday, naturally on his Facebook
page: "Being named as Time Person of the Year is a real honor and (5) ____ of how our
little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to
make the world more open and connected. I'm happy to be a (6) ____ of that." The
young entrepreneur owns a quarter of the shares of Facebook and is a multi-billionaire.

It was uncertain for a while who would win Time’s annual honour. Readers voting in
the online (7) ____ chose the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as the winner.
However, Time panelists chose Mark Zuckerberg. Time’s editor Richard Stengel
explained they chose Zuckerberg because he was a more positive (8) ____ than Assange
and because he changed “how we all (9) ____ our lives in ways that are innovative and
even optimistic”. He wrote on Time’s website: "There is an erosion of trust (10) ____
authority, a decentralizing of power and at the same time, perhaps, a greater faith (11)
____ one another.” Mr another…” he said. Mr Stengel continued: “Zuckerberg sees the
world as filled with (12) ____ friends.” Perhaps only the Facebook creator himself
knows how much more he can do.

Put the correct words from the table below in the above article.

1.    (a)   finder         (b)   funded            (c)   finding       (d)   founder
2.    (a)   from           (b)   with              (c)   for           (d)   to
3.    (a)   considered     (b)   considering       (c)   considers     (d)   consideration
4.    (a)   yet            (b)   as                (c)   such          (d)   before
5.    (a)   recognize      (b)   cognition         (c)   recognition   (d)   recommend
6.    (a)   parted         (b)   partition         (c)   parting       (d)   part
7.    (a)   roll           (b)   poll              (c)   loll          (d)   toll
8.    (a)   figure         (b)   model             (c)   number        (d)   configure
9.    (a)   lively         (b)   live              (c)   alive         (d)   enlivens
10.   (a)   on             (b)   at                (c)   in            (d)   by
11.   (a)   in             (b)   on                (c)   at            (d)   by
12.   (a)   potty          (b)   potted            (c)   potent        (d)   potential




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     Activity 4:WRITING

Write about the advantages and disadvantages of Facebook. Write about
15 lines. Use the linking words below to organize your ideas.

(Useful words to talk/write about advantages & disadvantages: On the
one hand..on the other hand / However…/ Although…)




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