The Reading / Listening - Binge-Watching TV - Level 5

New research shows that binge-watching television can harm your health. Binge-viewing is watching back-to-back TV shows for a long time in a single sitting. It has been increasing across the world because of online streaming and downloading services. Researchers from universities in the USA and Belgium surveyed 423 people aged 18-25 on their TV-viewing habits. They found that binge-viewing greatly interrupted sleep patterns. Professor Jan Van den Bulck said: "Our study signals that binge-viewing is prevalent in young adults and that it may be harmful to their sleep."



The researchers asked people about sleep quality, levels of fatigue and insomnia. They also asked how often they binge-watched programs on televisions, laptops and computers. Over 80 per cent of the participants said they binge-watch. Over 20 per cent do so several times a week. Binge-watchers are 98 per cent more likely to sleep poorly. A researcher said: "Bingeable TV shows have plots that keep the viewer tied to the screen….They become intensely involved with the content and may keep thinking about it when they want to go to sleep." She said this caused sleep problems.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Binge-Watching TV - Level 4 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 television can harm
  2. watching back-to-
  3. It has been increasing
  4. online streaming and
  5. TV-viewing
  6. greatly interrupted
  7. binge-viewing is prevalent
  8. it may be harmful
  1. across the world
  2. in young adults
  3. habits
  4. to their sleep
  5. your health
  6. downloading services
  7. back TV shows
  8. sleep patterns

Paragraph 2

  1. asked people about sleep
  2. levels of fatigue and
  3. how often they binge-watched
  4. Over 20 per cent do so several
  5. more likely
  6. Bingeable TV shows have
  7. keep the viewer tied
  8. She said this
  1. programs
  2. to the screen
  3. to sleep poorly
  4. insomnia
  5. plots
  6. quality
  7. caused sleep problems
  8. times a week

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New research (1) ___________________-watching television can harm your health. Binge-viewing is watching back-to-back TV (2) _________________ in a single sitting. It has been increasing across the world (3) ___________________ streaming and downloading services. Researchers from (4) ___________________ USA and Belgium surveyed 423 people aged 18-25 on their TV-viewing habits. They found that binge-viewing (5) ___________________ sleep patterns. Professor Jan Van den Bulck said: "Our study signals that binge-viewing is prevalent in young adults and (6) ___________________ harmful to their sleep."

The researchers asked (7) ___________________ quality, levels of fatigue and insomnia. They also asked (8) ___________________ binge-watched programs on televisions, laptops and computers. Over 80 per cent of the participants said they binge-watch. Over 20 per cent (9) ___________________ a week. Binge-watchers are 98 per cent more likely to sleep poorly. A researcher said: "Bingeable TV (10) __________________ that keep the viewer tied to the screen….They (11) ___________________ involved with the content and may keep thinking about it when they want to go to sleep." She said (12) ___________________ problems.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Newresearchshowsthatbinge-watchingtelevisioncanharmyourheal
th.Binge-viewingiswatchingback-to-backTVshowsforalongtimeina
singlesitting.Ithasbeenincreasingacrosstheworldbecauseofonlinest
reaminganddownloadingservices.Researchersfromuniversitiesinth
eUSAandBelgiumsurveyed423peopleaged18-25ontheirTV-viewin
ghabits.Theyfoundthatbinge-viewinggreatlyinterruptedsleeppatter
ns.ProfessorJanVandenBulcksaid:"Ourstudysignalsthatbinge-vie
wingisprevalentinyoungadultsandthatitmaybeharmfultotheirsleep.
"Theresearchersaskedpeopleaboutsleepquality,levelsoffatigueandi
nsomnia.Theyalsoaskedhowoftentheybinge-watchedprogramso
ntelevisions,laptopsandcomputers.Over80percentoftheparticipants
saidtheybinge-watch.Over20percentdososeveraltimesaweek.Bin
ge-watchersare98percentmorelikelytosleeppoorly.Aresearchersai
d:"BingeableTVshowshaveplotsthatkeeptheviewertiedtothescreen
….Theybecomeintenselyinvolvedwiththecontentandmaykeepthinki
ngaboutitwhentheywanttogotosleep."Shesaidthiscausedsleepprobl
ems.

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)

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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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