The Reading / Listening - Binge-Watching TV - Level 4

Binge-watching television can harm your health. Binge-viewing is watching TV shows non-stop in a single sitting. It has become popular globally because of streaming and downloading. Researchers surveyed 423 young people on their TV-viewing habits. They found that binge-viewing greatly interrupted sleep patterns. A professor said: "Binge-viewing is prevalent in young adults and that it may be harmful to their sleep."



The researchers asked people about sleep quality, fatigue and insomnia. They also asked how often they binge-watched television. Over 80 per cent of the people said they binge-watch. Binge-watchers are 98 per cent more likely to sleep poorly. "Bingeable" TV shows have stories that keep the viewer glued to the screen. Viewers become "intensely involved with the content and may keep thinking about it when they want to go to sleep".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Binge-Watching TV - Level 5 or  Binge-Watching TV - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/checkup-medical-column-for-aug-18/news-story/9f016d4baf2e8f46c9b27b0eff5648a7
  • http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/08/15/binge-watching-tv-shows-sleep-insomnia-study/
  • http://www.medicaldaily.com/binge-watching-turning-you-zombie-irl-421340


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. watching TV shows non-stop in
  2. It has become popular
  3. because of streaming
  4. Researchers surveyed
  5. TV-viewing
  6. greatly interrupted
  7. Binge-viewing is prevalent
  8. it may be harmful
  1. and downloading
  2. sleep patterns
  3. 423 young people
  4. to their sleep
  5. a single sitting
  6. in young adults
  7. globally
  8. habits

Paragraph 2

  1. asked people about sleep
  2. fatigue and
  3. they binge-
  4. 80 per cent of the people said
  5. more likely to sleep
  6. keep the viewer glued
  7. keep thinking
  8. when they want
  1. poorly
  2. quality
  3. about it
  4. insomnia
  5. to go to sleep
  6. watched television
  7. to the screen
  8. they binge-watch

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Binge-watching television can (1) ___________________. Binge-viewing is watching TV shows non-(2) ___________________ sitting. It has become (3) ___________________ because of streaming and downloading. Researchers surveyed 423 young (4) ___________________ TV-viewing habits. They found that binge-viewing (5) ___________________ sleep patterns. A professor said: "Binge-viewing is prevalent in young adults and that it may (6) ___________________ sleep."

The researchers asked (7) ___________________ sleep quality, fatigue and insomnia. They also asked (8) ___________________ binge-watched television. Over 80 per cent of the people said they binge-watch. Binge-watchers are 98 per cent (9) ___________________ sleep poorly. "Bingeable" TV shows have stories that keep (10) ___________________ to the screen. Viewers become "(11) ___________________ with the content and may keep thinking (12) ___________________ they want to go to sleep".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Binge-watchingtelevisioncanharmyourhealth.Binge-viewingisw
atchingTVshowsnon-stopinasinglesitting.Ithasbecomepopularglob
allybecauseofstreaminganddownloading.Researcherssurveyed423
youngpeopleontheirTV-viewinghabits.Theyfoundthatbinge-viewin
ggreatlyinterruptedsleeppatterns.Aprofessorsaid:"Binge-viewingi
sprevalentinyoungadultsandthatitmaybeharmfultotheirsleep."Ther
esearchersaskedpeopleaboutsleepquality,fatigueandinsomnia.The
yalsoaskedhowoftentheybinge-watchedtelevision.Over80percento
fthepeoplesaidtheybinge-watch.Binge-watchersare98percentmo
relikelytosleeppoorly."Bingeable"TVshowshavestoriesthatkeepthev
iewergluedtothescreen.Viewersbecome"intenselyinvolvedwiththec
ontentandmaykeepthinkingaboutitwhentheywanttogotosleep".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

(i) ________________

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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