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Session 46

Social media – is it good or bad for us? Today we discuss the idea that too much social media can lead to anxiety.

소셜미디어- 우리에게 좋을까, 나쁠까? 오늘은 소셜미디어의 과도한 이용이 불안감을 가져올 수 있다는 의견에 대해 얘기해보겠습니다.

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Social media anxiety

Social media – is it good or bad for us? Tom and Rob discuss the idea that too much social media can lead to anxiety.
소셜미디어- 우리에게 좋을까, 나쁠까? 오늘은 소셜미디어의 과도한 이용이 불안감을 가져올 수 있다는 의견에 대해 얘기해보겠습니다.


Approximately how many social media users are there worldwide?

a) 1 billion
b) 3 billion
c) 6 billion

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여러분 안녕하세요? English Together에서 오신 것을 환영합니다. 저희 프로그램에서는 최신 주제에 대해 얘기해보고 관련 표현을 알려드리고 있습니다. 저는 손보람입니다.

Hi everyone I’m Tom. Welcome again to today’s programme! Today I’m here with Rob… Rob! We’re recording!

Sorry Tom, I’m just taking a selfie for social media. What do you think…?

Well, it doesn’t matter! Pay attention!

Hey! This is the age of information!


The age of information 정보화 시대라는 말인데요. 이와 관련해서 오늘의 질문 나갑니다. Global Digital Report 2018에 따르면 전세계의 소셜미디어 사용자는 약 몇명일까요?

a) 1 billion
b) 3 billion
c) 6 billion

Social media must be popular in your country, right?

네 아주 많은 사람들이 사용하고 있어요.

It’s enormously popular here in the UK, too. In fact, people are starting to worry that too much social media might have an adverse effect on our health.

An adverse effect 부작용이라는 뜻입니다. 오늘은 BBC Radio Foyle의 Sunday Sequence 를 들어보도록 하겠습니다. 두명이 소셜미디어와 아이들에 대해 얘기하는 내용인데요. 여기서 depression 우울중과 anxiety 불안에 대해 어떻게 얘기하는지 한 번 들어보세요

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We are spending an average of two hours every day sharing, liking, tweeting and updating. But what impact is all of this having on our mental health?

We don’t have specific evidence that says interaction with smartphone devices or social media cause negative impacts. However, there is a growing body of evidence about the harmful effects of the use of social technology. What we’ve seen is an increase in rates of anxiety and depression in young children and young teens have increased by over 70% in the last 25 years.

Wow! Anxiety and depression have risen by 75% in 25 years! That’s terrible!

Come on! Social media hasn’t been around for 25 years! Lots of things make people feel depressed and anxious. Surely connecting with friends easily is a good thing?

Perhaps, but there’s also the idea that social media causes social isolation.

Social isolation은 사회적 고립이라는 뜻입니다. Why do you say that?

Well, people aren’t meeting and talking in real life. Instead, they communicate online using their online personas.

An online persona 인터넷 상의 우리모습이라는 뜻인데요. 이렇게 인터넷 상에서 표현되는 우리 모습은 어느정도 이상적으로 표현이 되겠죠? So Rob is creating an online persona when he edits his photos?



Well, all of your photos, Rob, are of you having fun. And they’re all aesthetically perfect! It’s just not accurate!

That’s just not fair!

Aesthetic 미적인... Aesthetically 미적으로..나는 뜻입니다.

You’re taking this too seriously, Tom. People always want to look their best in photos – it’s just natural!

But it’s not natural for people to be constantly bombarded by social media posts, is it?

Be bombarded by 포격을 받다.. 공격을 받다..라는 뜻인데요. What do you mean by that?

Well, social media users experience a daily bombardment of perfect images. It’s easy to feel anxious about your own life if everyone else’s seems to be better! I think social media makes it very easy to draw negative comparisons between our own lives and other people’s!

Draw negative comparisons 부정적인 비교를 하게 되다..라는 뜻입니다.

Calm down! If social media is so bad for us, why are so many people using it?

32억 명의 사람들이 소셜 미디어를 사용한다고 하네요. 오늘 문제의 정답입니다. 다음시간에도 English Together와 함께해요! 바이!

Meaning & Use

an adverse effect

An adverse effect is a negative effect. ‘Effect’ is a noun. We can use the adjective adverse here. If we want to describe the verb, to affect, we need to use the adverb adversely.

  • Smoking can have an adverse effect on your health!
  • Forty years of smoking adversely affected his health.


Aesthetic is a noun which is similar to appearance. It is often associated with beauty or things which are pleasing to look at.

  • I like the music on the band’s new album but the aesthetic is terrible. They should change the picture.

It is common to see aesthetic in its adverbial form, aesthetically.

  • The building is very aesthetically pleasing, I just hope it’s warm inside!

[to be] bombarded

To bombard, historically, means ‘to shoot’ or ‘to bomb’. In a modern context, we use it to describe a situation in which we are forcefully and repetitively exposed or subjected to something. We often use this expression in the passive to stress the severity of the results we experience.

  • Every time I use the internet I am bombarded with adverts!

We can use the noun, bombardment, to describe the thing(s) we encounter.

  • I’m so busy at work! Every day I have a non-stop bombardment of emails and phone calls!

Social Media Anxiety

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Session Vocabulary

  • the age of information

    an adverse effect

    social isolation
    사회적 고립



    aesthetically perfect
    미적으로 완벽한

    constant bombardment
    끊임없는 공격

    to draw negative comparisons
    부정적인 비교를 하다

    an online persona
    온라인상의 페르소나