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Debate: Is Social Media Bad for Mental Health?

Many young people benefit from using social media. Some teens have reported feeling less isolated, more connected to friends and job opportunities, and more confident and outgoing when using social media. But for others, social media sparks feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem, and anxiety. Instagram, in particular, with its emphasis on upbeat images and getting “likes,” can negatively impact the mental health of teens. Listen to a college student describe her struggles with social media and then debate: Is social media bad for mental health?


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Story Length: 4:30

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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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