Modern Technology Is Harming Society

Carl Henegan once said “Life was so simple when apples and blackberries were fruit, a tweet was the sound of nature, and facebooks were photo albums”. Is it difficult to deny how technology has enhanced the way we live and how we build relationships. What is undeniable is that it has changed us in ways we perhaps don’t quite yet understand. With ever more advancements on the horizon, in the form of artificial intelligence and automation, has humanity been permanently changed by these developments?

Level: Intermediate: B1/B2
Running Time: 90 minutes +

Materials included

This free lesson plan is suitable for adults, teenagers, and General English classes. Each plan includes:

  • A debate motion
  • A summary of the controversy
  • Points for both Pros and Cons
  • Language to use in a debate
  • Debate role cards to help identify student groups
  • An article
  • Statistics (true or false exercise)
  • Vocab for the topic


For more information on how to use this in the classroom, please have a look at our detailed post on using free lesson plans.

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Modern technology is harming society

Further reading / additional resources

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