New addiction

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Lessons 7-8   New addiction?



1 What unites all the words in the web below?

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2 A. Read this research report and find the facts that prove that computer addiction exists.

Translate the highlighted phrases.


solitaire - вид пасьянса
custody - oпека
compound - осложнять
cure - лечение


Maressa Orzak, a Harvard University psychologist, runs a special clinic for computer addicts. She is researching computer addiction. whICh she sees as a growing problem. She experienced it herself when she became hooked on playing solitaire on the computer instead of teaching herself a difficult new software programme, and since then she has studied people whose lives have been taken over by computers. One of them was a divorcee who lost custody of her children when her husband discovered she was neglecting them to spend ten or more hours a day on the web.

Orzak defines computer addiction as "a disorder suffered by people who find virtual reality more attractive than everyday reality". Symptoms Include strange behaviour, spending large sums of money on computers and software, and even mental health problems, but most sufferers compound the problem by denying it.

One of the strategies Orzak uses to treat the condition, based on her own experience of addiction, is to encourage her patients to limit the amount of time they spend in front of a computer. But until the oroblem has been more widelv recoanised and better researched , cures and solutions will be hard to find.

1 Who is supposed to do it?

2 Which of the words means "people" and which "state":
'addict - ad'diction
divorc'ee - di'vorce
'sufferer - 'suffering
How do you know?

3 disorder - Does it mean here:
a) a situation in which things are untidy and disorganised
b) an illness

B. Answer the questions alongside the text.

C. Make a list of signs of computer addiction mentioned in the article.


3 A. Look through this list of signs and symptoms of computer addiction mentioned by Orzak and compare it with your list (ex. 3).

   List of symptoms
   1 using the computer for pleasure, or relief from stress
   2 feeling out of control or depressed when not using it
   3 spending increasing amounts of time and money on hardware, software. magazines, and computer-related activities
   4 neglecting work, school, or family obligations.
   5 failing to control computer use
   6 having irregular meals, repetitive strain injuries, backache, dry eyes, headaches, and loss of sleep.

B. Listen to a radio programme, in which John (16) and Dave (29) describe their relationships with computers to a psychologist.

Write down the numbers of the symptoms which each speaker mentions.



4 A. Match the words in A to the ones closest in meaning in B.

A                                                                                                                  B

1 deny                                                                                                     a) regulate, rule
2 disorder                                                                                                 b) refuse
3 suffer                                                                                                     c) not to care
4 neglect                                                                                                  d) comfort
5 addicted to                                                                                             e) experience pain or difficUlty
6 relief                                                                                                       f) illness
7 control                                                                                                   g) dependent on
8 research                                                                                                 h) serious study

B. Paraphrase the following sentences using the words from ex. 4A.

a) Some people become so dependent on computers that they don't care about their everyday responsibilities.
b) Mike can feel comfort only when he gets access to the Internet.
c) The problem of computer addiction needs further serious study.
d) Computer addicts do not often admit being dependent on the Net.
e) After spending several hours in front of a computer you may have a bad headache.

C. Work in pairs. Try to explain how these words are related to the problem of computer addiction.

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5 Role play "Kicking computer addiction".

DivIde into two groups: computer addicts and psychologists.

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The aim of each computer addict is to visit as many psychologists as possible, to ask them for advice and to choose the best advice.


Language of advice

Asking for advice

What should I do about...?
How do you think I might / could...?
I don't know what to do about...
Have you any idea how I can....?
I need your advice / help...?

Giving advice

If I were you, I'd...
Why don't you try V-ing...
You could...
You might consider V-ing...
You really should / ought to...

Each computer addict jOins a psychologIst. Computer addicts describe their symptoms. Psychologists give advice, Computer addicts take notes and then "visit" other psychologists.

Computer addicts report to the class the best advice they have got and the class chooses the best psychologist(s) and makes a list of advice to computer addicts.


6 Write a short report summarising the results of the role play.

O. Л. Гроза, О. Б. Дворецкая, Н. Ю. Казырбаева, В. В. Клименко, М. Л. Мичурина, Н. В. Новикова, Т. Н. Рыжкова, Е. Ю. Шалимова, Английский язык нового тысячелентия, Учебник английского языка для 10 класса общеобразовательных учреждений. — 2-е изд. — М. Титул, 2004. — 175 с, ; ил.

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