Leitura e interpretação de artigo de opinião em inglês (Social Networking: good or bad?)


Social Networking: good or bad?

Friday, November 11, By Kelsey Hines

The popularity of social networking is skyrocketing, and people of all ages find themselves devoting more time to these sites, but is social networking really making your life social?
Nielsen has recently reported that Americans are now spending  more time on social networking websites than on their email accounts. The report noted that Internet users spend around 8.3% of their time on their email accounts and 23% of their time on various social networking platforms. [...]

People, especially students, can spend hours on different social networking sites, updating their every move and commenting on what their friends have posted. Constantly being glued to the computer by yourself doesn't seem very social to me, and it will ultimately lead to people failing to have successful interpersonal relationships. Just because you have over 1,000 friends on Facebook to create the image of being popular, but in reality they don't know or talk to half of their "friends" on Facebook.
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I don't think there is anything wrong with wanting to have a Facebook or Myspace, as long as you are responsible and safe about it. Make sure to never put anything too personal on it, and remember there is more to interacting with people than talking to them through a computer screen.

Kelsey Hines. Social Networking: Good or bad?. Extraído do site:<http://my.hsj.org

* The HSJ (short for High School Journalism) is a website where high school students can post news and articles.

1) Match the words to their meanings in the text.

a) skyrocketing                                                                
b) reported
c) every move
d) glued to the computer

(   ) when something is told based on research
(   ) everything they do
(   ) increasing very fast
(   ) using it all day long

2. Answer these questions according to the text.

a) Who is the author of this opinion piece?

b) Does the author provide information to sustain her opinion?
> No, the author only gives an opinion without providing any reliable information.
> Yes, the author provides reliable information to sustain her opinion.
> Her opinion is not clear and she doesn't provide information. 

c) In the author's opinion, social networking is good or bad? Give examples from the text to explain your answer.

3. Classify the sentences below according to their function in the text: introduction, arguments or conclusion. 

a) "Nielsen has recently reported that Americans are now spending  more time on social networking websites than on their email accounts."

b) "The popularity of social networking is skyrocketing, and people of all ages find themselves devoting more time to these sites, but is social networking really making your life social?"

d) "I don't think there is anything wrong with wanting to have a Facebook or Myspace, as long as you are responsible and safe about it."

4. Do you agree with Kelsey Hines? Did her arguments convince you?



Referências:
http://www.schooljournalism.org/
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