Internet Addiction Last web private rehabilitation clinic outside Edinburgh, Leo Edwards, a sixteen-year-old, was going through severe withdrawal symptoms. His body often shook violently and uncontrollably, and at mealtimes he regularly, threw cups and plates around the dinning room. The boy’s addiction had nothing to do with alcohol, drugs, gambling or food. His problem was “Net obsession” - an over dependency on the Internet. An international group of psycho logistic has recently suggested that anyone who surfs the Internet for long periods in clinically ill and needs medical treatment. According to their report, Internet addicts should be treated in the same way as alcoholics, drug addicts, compulsive gamblers and people with eating disorders. Leo Edwards is not an isolated case. Russell Hopkins, aged fifteen, from Gateshead in north-east England, in a typical online addict. Every day after school and after dinner until three or four in the morning, he will be found in his room surfing the Net or playing computer games.
By the end of the day he will have spent more than six hours online. Understandably, his parents are extremely worried. Not only has his school work suffered, but Russell’s addiction has also destroyed his social life and his spare time interest. For instance, he has just dropped out of his school’s basketball team in order to spend more time at his computer. Instead of spending next weekend having a good time out with friends, he will be spending it indoors surfing the Internet. Russell has recently joined an Internet online support group. Russell has recently joined an Internet online support. It may seem ironic that many of the supports groups of Internet addicts are online but at least Russell has sough help. Not everyone does. Dr Ann Hoffman, who runs an online support group, says “People don’t realise that being online for more than four hours a day amounts t addiction and that they have a serious problem. I predict that the number of people who join online support groups will have risen dramatically within three years.
<ul><li>Activities : </li></ul><ul><li>1. Read the text and answer the questions </li></ul><ul><li>How did Leo respond to withdrawal from the Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>What do some psychologists compare Internet addicts to? </li></ul><ul><li>How Russell typical Internet addict </li></ul><ul><li>What two things has he stopped doing? </li></ul><ul><li>What does Dr Hoffman predict? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Discuss </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think than Internet addiction is posible? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you stop or prevent this kind of addiction? </li></ul>
Fashion’s Victim Teenage Trainer mania has sweet. America, with reports of children being mugged and even murdered for their fashionable and expensive footwear. As this week’s Family Matters discovers, this obsession with designer labels has reached Britain. Recently a girl was slashed in the face because she wouldn’t give’ another child her trendy new jacket. But not having the right gear can also make children targets, like 14-year.old Kelly Parslow, from Birmingham. Her parents can´t afford to buy her the ‘in’ clothes, such as Reebok or Nike trainers and shell suits(her father is on indefinite sick leave and her mother, Lynn, has two younger children as well). Last summer her mother did buy her some trainers, not a fashionable make, but ones which looked similar and cost only £7.99. Kelly was happy with them, but when she wore them to school, her classmates weren’t. ”The all started taking the mickey straight away”, she recalls. ‘The said “How much did those things cost?”, and they pushed me, called me a pauper an made up songs about them’. Then, after school, a group of seven or eight girls lay in wait for her, and scratched and kicked her so badly that she ended up in casualty suffering from shock and contusions to her spine.
Her mother, Lynn Parsiow, says:’In my day, if you’d got the gear, you felt sorry for the ones who hadn’t. You certainly didn’t taunt them’. Kelly had been picked on before, because she was quiet, hardworking and not like this. She mow goes to another school where the uniform rules are strictly observed. ‘It’s much nicer there,’says Kelly. ‘ Nobody minds about fashion. There are a lot other children in my position, who can’t afford things, and everyone them alone’.
<ul><li>Activities: </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss : </li></ul><ul><li> How important is it to have the right clothes and equipment when you a sport? </li></ul><ul><li> Are there fashions in sports clothes in your country? </li></ul><ul><li> Do you think it is important to wear clothes with ‘designer’ labels? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Read this magazine article about the T.V programme ‘Family Matters’ and decide whether these statements are true or false. Ignore any words you do not understand. </li></ul><ul><li>The fashion for expensive designer trainers came to Britain from America </li></ul><ul><li>Kelly’s father is unemployed. </li></ul><ul><li>Kelly liked the trainers her mother bought her. </li></ul><ul><li>Kelly’s classmates had had always been nice to her before she started </li></ul><ul><li>wearing the trainers. </li></ul><ul><li>In Kelly’s old school the children hadn’t been forced to wear their school uniform. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Complete </li></ul>
Possible meaning Mania Swept Slashed Trendy Gear Targets Taking the mickey Pamper Scratched Taunt Picked on Word Type of word Mania Swept Slashed Trendy Gear Targets Taking Pamper Scratched Taunt Picked on
Are you hooked ? No one likes to admit they are an addict. They are sad creatures ruled by deadly substance such tobacco or alcohol. But there are others less damaging to the health. Like it or not large numbers of us are addicts. Addictions can de chemical (caffeine) emotional (shopping), physical (exercise) or drowning strange – suck as picking your spots! You are the odd one out if you do not have al least everyday addiction. What do you do when you feel under pressure, bored or depressed? Get lost in the world of TV? Go shopping? Eat one bar of chocolate after another? Becci has been a chocoholic for ten years. “I just get an urge for it – a need”, says Becci. “ I really don’t know why, it is just so delicious. People say that chocolate can make up for lost passion – I don’t know about that, but I love the way it melts in my mouth” Every day, Becci gets through several bards of her favourite Cadbury’s chocolate (the one with the soft caramel centre is the best). But it is only the bars she goes for – hot chocolate drinks and chocolate cakes are also essentials. Towards exam time, Becci feels she has to increase her intake to cope with all the work, “ If I get up late, I will have chocolate breakfast then more and more during the day. “I am an addicted”. It is like smoking. I suppose, but I have to give up it. If I like so much, why should I?
Addiction to exercise can ruin you life, Janine learnt to her cost. “I was swimming at least fifty lengths a day, jogging to the gym and doing three aerobic classes a week At home, I used an exercise bike and keep-fit videos. My husband said that I didn’t have time for him, and he was all right. But I couldn’t believe it when he left me. Finally, I come to my sense, I wanted to get fit bit it all got out of hand and my addiction ruined my marriage. Mow I am seeing a counsellor and gradually reducing the amount of exercise I do. Well-known Member Parliament, Tony Benn, just can’t live without his favourite drink. He was overage eighteen pints of tea a day and his addiction has raised concern about his health. When he collapsed recently, some people blamed his excessive tea drinking. Mr. Benn has calculated that over the years, he has drunk enough tea (around 300,000 gallons) to displace an ocean-going liner. If he ever tried to stop, he would it agonising. Anne shopped for thirteen hours a day without having leaving her living room – she was addicted to TV shopping. When she got home from her job as a nigh care worker at 8.30 am, Anne would immediately tune into a satellite TV shopping channel and buy everything in sight. Her home was soon an Aladdin’s cave household goods and trendy clothes she didn’t need. When her cash ran out, she stole money form the elderly patients in her care and was charged with theft. “It seemed so easy”, she says. “I didn’t realise I’d come become so addicted”. Anne’s family have now removed her satellite receiver.
<ul><li>Activities: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Discuss waht you think it means to be an “addict”. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Read the article and decide wich person you think has the most serious problem. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Read the following sentences and decide wich person ( Becci, Janine, Tony Benn or Anne) each one refers to. One of the sentence does not refer to anu of them. </li></ul><ul><li>He/hs addiction led to crime </li></ul><ul><li>She/he became out of touch wuth the rest of his/her life </li></ul><ul><li>She/he was addicted to getting things he/she never used </li></ul><ul><li>She/he feels her addiction is a substitute for love </li></ul><ul><li>She/he needs it to help her/him work effectively under pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Her/his addiction may have had a serious pysical consequences </li></ul><ul><li>She/he isn´t convinced she/he should give it up. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Discuss: </li></ul><ul><li>What advice woulkd you give to the four addicts and their families) in the article? </li></ul><ul><li>Would you say you were addicted to anything? </li></ul>
<ul><li>The work has been done by </li></ul><ul><li>Bergamo Nadia </li></ul><ul><li>Milesi M. Florencia </li></ul><ul><li>Vazquez Samanta </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher : Ines Agusti </li></ul>
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