- conclude /kuhn-KLOOD/
- summit /SUHM-it/
- spouse /spouse/
- withdrawal /with-DRAW-uhl/
- craving /KREY-ving/
[verb] – to judge or decide something after thinking carefully about it
What can the students conclude from their observations?
[noun] – the highest point of a mountain
We reached the summit at last.
[noun] – a person’s husband or wife
Her spouse will come to see her on Sunday.
[noun] – the act or process of taking something away so that it is no longer available, or of someone stopping being involved in an activity:
Her withdrawal from the contest was a strategic move.
[noun] – a strong feeling of wanting something
She had a craving for some chocolate.
Gayle Macdonald didn’t just pause and enjoy the view when she arrived earlier this year at a summit in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. The 45-year-old chose to do what most people would do instead: she looked for the ideal location to take a selfie for her social media accounts. Gayle even acknowledges that while doing so, she went dangerously near the edge. She was scolded by her spouse for her behavior at that point, and she later decided to stop using social media. Previously, when she got out of the car, her first thought was to take a picture. She was using too much brain space worrying about what to say and creating content, which was troubling her. A week later, she announced her withdrawal from Facebook and Instagram in a post. She claimed that after the initial withdrawal, she no longer experienced cravings. It felt quite liberating. She has been off social media for more than six months at this point, and she has recovered some of the sense of freedom and calmness she felt when giving up drinking.
Many of us spend a tremendous amount of time on social media. While some might think that this is a bad habit that they should cut down on, for others, it’s an actual addiction that they have to overcome.
- How often do you use social media? Could you tell me about it?
- Have you ever gone hiking? If so, did you reach the summit? How was it? If not, what outdoor activities do you enjoy doing?
- If you were Gayle Macdonald, would you also stop using social media? Why or why not?
- Do you agree that not using social media is liberating?
- What do you think of Gayle Macdonald’s decision? Please elaborate on your answer.