Is there such a thing as being addicted to the internet? What about to social media?
Write that question on your black/white board and ask students to share their opinions on it.
Some questions to help prompt discussion:
As a class determine an acceptable amount of time that they all agree will be social media free.
During this time, ask students to document their thoughts, feelings, and activities. How difficult is it for them to stay away from their favourite social media sites? Did they have any free time? What did they do with it?
When the experiment is complete, ask students to write about their experience. Did they learn anything from it? Will it change their behaviours in any way? What will they be taking away from this experiment?
Ask students to write a short story about life before social media. Some questions for them to consider: What year will their story be set in? What did people do with their time before social media? How did people communicate? How did news spread so fast?