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Today's grandparents are joining their grandchildren on social media, but the different generations' online habits couldn't be more different. In the UK the over-55s are joining Facebook in increasing numbers, meaning that they will soon be the site's second biggest user group, with 3.5 million users aged 55–64 and 2.9 million over-65s.
Sheila, aged 59, says, 'I joined to see what my grandchildren are doing, as my daughter posts videos and photos of them. It's a much better way to see what they're doing than waiting for letters and photos in the post. That's how we did it when I was a child, but I think I'm lucky I get to see so much more of their lives than my grandparents did.'
Ironically, Sheila's grandchildren are less likely to use Facebook themselves. Children under 17 in the UK are leaving the site – only 2.2 million users are under 17 – but they're not going far from their smartphones. Chloe, aged 15, even sleeps with her phone. 'It's my alarm clock so I have to,' she says. 'I look at it before I go to sleep and as soon as I wake up.'
Unlike her grandmother's generation, Chloe's age group is spending so much time on their phones at home that they are missing out on spending time with their friends in real life. Sheila, on the other hand, has made contact with old friends from school she hasn't heard from in forty years. 'We use Facebook to arrange to meet all over the country,' she says. 'It's changed my social life completely.'
Teenagers might have their parents to thank for their smartphone and social media addiction as their parents were the early adopters of the smartphone. Peter, 38 and father of two teenagers, reports that he used to be on his phone or laptop constantly. 'I was always connected and I felt like I was always working,' he says. 'How could I tell my kids to get off their phones if I was always in front of a screen myself?' So, in the evenings and at weekends, he takes his SIM card out of his smartphone and puts it into an old-style mobile phone that can only make calls and send text messages. 'I'm not completely cut off from the world in case of emergencies, but the important thing is I'm setting a better example to my kids and spending more quality time with them.'
Is it only a matter of time until the generation above and below Peter catches up with the new trend for a less digital life?
My husband uses his phone the most in my family. After his working day, after the time for our son,
almost his time is for his smartphone. Maybe my son like to play some game on smart device, however, I
prevent him from this and he only has around 15 - 30 minutes on smart phone everyday.
Honestly, I'm the one who use the phone the most in my family. I spend lots of my time on using social media . I've made lots of plans to cut it off but I can't do it still. Using social media can really miss out on spending time to meet with my friends. I am used to stay alone in my room watching the films or using social media instead of going out with someone. I know ,it's bad but I can't.
Actually , In my family we often uses the smartphone on social media to connect surf the internet ,but my brother used mobile to play games so is very addictive.
In my friend use to social media ( inestgram and tik tok) is very violent.
certainly, new generation always be the most users based on the easiest way to use technology and they have access to everything easily. I have a brother who is 19 years old, and he is addicted to his phone as long as he can. He always responds quickly when someone text him because his phone is always with him whenever he goes.
I could say I am an addictive to my smartphone since I do my every single work with it and can not cut it off at all during the day. Because of online English courses, Online job and even online hobbies!
But if I start my university one day, I have plane to manage my time more and spend less hours in front of the screens.
Nowadays, people around me are using their smart phone all day until they go to bed. Young people are joining the most. They use for their studying, their working...meaning that their smart phone help them to connect to anyone and anywhere in a fastest way.
Unlike positive young people, my niece is an addicted one. She always dreams about a newest one. She use it to chat with people in different countries through the night. She really missed out on spending time with her parent and her friends.
In my family we all use the phone equally and none of us consider the phone more than a useful tool, but I have a couple of friends whom are really addict to their phones, and I’m pretty sure their would get a bit crazy if they loose their phone or if they have a connectivity issue with their smartphones.
Thanks for the lesson.
My older brother. He is almost always on Facebook sharing posts and videos about football. I think he spends eights hours a day on social media at the very least.
In my family I am the most addicted in the my phone. There is my whole life, My mom also use her phone to make a call or to read something she wants
I can grandfather social media