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All my happy friends

How well do social media posts show real life? What is the impact of social media posts on how we feel about our lives? Watch this thought-provoking short film by Paul Howard Allen on the topic of social media and mental health.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the exercise. Remember you can read the transcript at any time.


Woman1: Yeah, they were smashed. Dave stole this hat from a hen party, nearly got into a fight. Yeah, that was a washout. Never mind.

Woman2: This shot shows how much I’m enjoying being a mother. I’m really treasuring every little moment. And here we all are ... all together … a family.

Man1: It’s just a typical Tuesday meal for us. It shows how healthy and balanced my life is. Made it myself.

Woman3: This photo clearly shows how advanced Millie is. I mean, writing up to five, at her age, is incredible.

Woman4: I mean, look at that beach! That’s what you call white sand, isn't it?

[singing] Three, two, one … Happy New Year!

Woman5: What a New Year’s! If next year is half as good as this one has been, then ...

Woman1: I just don’t know why I’m feeling like this.

[baby crying]
Woman1: This is the life, nothing better than relaxing with a takeaway over New Year’s. Oh, what a night! Another typical evening for me, clearly enjoying myself but then that’s the sort of fun, carefree life I lead.

[baby crying]

[singing] People tell me how I’m a-losing my mind but I tell people you just in my car. Oh, time moves faster than me, can’t you see all this job you been working I’ve been a-running free.

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The message it gives us that don't mourn yourself on what you don't have. Just be grateful on what you have. If you want to achieve something instead of crying work hard. How well do social media posts show real life. It depends on the person how he/she present the post.

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This way is very good for learn english
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In my opinion, the most happy and peaceful person like Gandhi or mother Theresa never post about what they were doing in social media, they really enjoy the moment they live, and other people then, who post about these wonderful person's activity.
So, I agree with Lucyao's opinion.


This video is interesting but it is difficult to understand at several first times of listening. I only just understood it when i checked transcript.

How can i get information easily from listening?

Hi Huong.vulan26,

I'm afraid the only answer is practice and more practice! The more you listen, the better you will get. Using the transcript is a very good idea. After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, which will help both with speaking and with familiarisation of what you are listening to. Finally, try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech and also to get used to the rhythms of spoken English, which will help you to understand it when you listen.


I hope those suggestions are helpful.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

thank you for suggestions!

Once I also got into this situation and almost fell into a depression. Fortunately, I realized in time that I need to stop jealous of the beautiful picture in Instagram and make it in my real life. Therefore, I began to do more with myself, my home. But sometimes there are times when I again compare my life with a stranger. It's horrible! And it's so hard to get rid of it sometimes! And the best recipe for this is to work to get tired and that there would not be time to go into Instagram. Work heals! All happiness)

it was good move but sometime vice was not cleare

This short film is amazing. I think all we need to realize that the things one posts in social media do not necessarily correspond to the feelings one are having in an specific moment in the daily life

It is a very interesting video. It is about that everyone has their own life, own problems. In social medias they are kind of happy everyday, every minute, but that not true, the sicial medias are masks for everyone