by Patti Neighmond
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online
- Laura Sydell
In “Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just as Cliquey Online,” Laura Sydell from NPR’s All Things Considered discusses how social networks can reinforce cliques and biases.Pair "Many Younger Facebook users 'Unfriend' The Network" with “Anti-Social Networks” for an in-depth analysis of the costs and benefits of social media.
Why Do People Follow The Crowd?
- ABC News
- January 12, 2006
Dr. Gregory Burns, a professor of behavioral science, conducted several experiments to study why humans readily conform. ABC’s Primetime recreated these experiments using several unsuspecting people.Pair “Many Younger Facebook Friends ‘Unfriend’ the Network” with “Why Do People Follow the Crowd?” to spark a discussion about costs of following the crowd and the implications of going with the flow on the Internet.
Watch Out: Cell Phones Can Be Addictive
- Kathiann Kowalski
Dr. James Roberts is marketing professor and the author of a study about cell phone addiction that appeared in the August 2014 Journal of Behavioral Addictions. Here, Kathiann Kowalski of Science News for Students covers the results of his study: too much dependence on your smartphone isn't smart.Pair “Watch Out—Cell Phones Can Be Addictive” with “Many Younger Facebook Users ‘Unfriend’ the Network” and ask students to weigh the costs and benefits of social networking sites using evidence from both articles.
- CommonLit Staff
This text directly examines the way online social networking affects our concepts of identity (Are we truthful about the way we portray ourselves on the Internet? Will this change who we really are?).Pair “Many Younger Facebook Friends ‘Unfriend’ the Network” with “Online Identity” spark an advanced discussion about how technology influences how we interact, and how we think about ourselves.
More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study
- ABC News
- November 8, 2011
Matthew Brashears, a Cornell sociologist, conducted a study that suggested social networks may not be fulfilling our deeper social needs.Pair “More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study” with “Many Younger Facebook Users ‘Unfriend’ the Network” and ask students to weigh the costs and benefits of social networking sites using evidence from both articles.