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Debate: Is Digital Addiction a National Problem?

The average American adult spends 4-5 hours on their digital smartphone each day. Some believe that is too much, and the time spent on digital devices could be used in other productive ways. They say that, for many people, use of digital devices has become an addiction, or a behavior that they cannot control. Others point out that phones and other devices help people socialize, connect, and be productive, and frequent use is not harmful. Listen to learn about research on self-control and phone use and then debate: Is digital addiction a national problem?


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Story Length: 3:11

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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