Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Time for a Digital Detox! Get away from it all - English lesson

We now spend more time in front of a screen than we do sleeping, but is anyone doing anything about it?  Surprisingly enough, there are programs and "vacations" out there that can help you kick the habit if only for a  short time.

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher (me)
http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140821-time-for-a-digital-detox

Key terms
Internet addiction disorder 
personal willpower
muster
capitalize or capitalise
have sprung up
 bucolic setting
mindfulness
meditation
laughter therapy
 thatch roof
expelling all traces of radiation
 two millisieverts
gold panning
tech temptations
morning journaling

Questions
What are the withdrawal systems of people who stop using technology. 
What does the Unplugged Weekend, offer people? 
Why is the phone handing over ceremony important? 
How did Kim Beckett feel about turning back on her phone? 

What kind of accommodations Where do you sleep when you go to the Maldives? Why is this surprising?  Who does the cooking?  

Which one of these places would you want to go? 
Would you have the willpower to turn off your phone by yourself for a weekend?
What do you use your phone for most of the time? Would it be a problem  to be disconnected for a while?
Do you feel over connected?  Do you ever just "take a break" from the digital world? 

What is the reaction of your on-line friends?  How do you stay in touch with the office when you go on vacation? 


Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach, Professional English Teacher 


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