The Internet and Social Media
Which websites are popular among your generation?
Is using the internet a social or solitary activity?
How has the internet changed social behaviour?
Should companies check job applicants’ online profiles?
What will be the next big development online?
Influence of television
How popular is watching television in your country?
Tell me about the types of programme that are generally on television in your country.
Why do people like watching television?
Do you think state or private television is better?
What effects can watching television have on children?
Influences on the young
What type of people influence the young in your country?
Why is it important to have role models?
Do you think the education system in your country influences young people’s behavior?
What type of person (parents, teachers, friends etc) are best to influence young people’s behavior?
What do you think young people will be most influenced by it the future?
What types of leisure activities are popular in your country?
Why it is important for people to have time for leisure activities?
Why are some activities more popular than others?
Are the types of leisure activities that are popular today the same as those that were popular when your parents were young?
What types of leisure activities may become more popular in the future?
Which type of people are respected most in your society?
Do you agree with this situation?
What happens when young people lack good role models?
What standards of behaviour should teachers set?
Do you agree that you should never meet your heroes?
Leadership and Politics
Do you think people are born to be leaders?
Can leadership skills be taught?
Why are elected politicians often so unpopular?
What should a leader do to remain popular?
Do you think unelected heads of state are a good idea?
Do you agree that we learn best from our mistakes?
What’s the best way to gain experience in life?
Can we gain life experience from books and movies?
Which is more important, experience or potential?
What experience do you wish you’d gained?
At what age should people retire from work?
What problems can people face after retirement?
How important are retirees to your country’s economy?
When should you start saving for retirement?
Why do some companies encourage early retirement?
Is it easy to take good photographs?
What are the pros and cons of digital photography?
Should people share their photographs online?
When can an image be worth a thousand words?
Is a photograph a reliable form of identification?
Inventions and Copyright
Which invention has transformed your country most?
Would you like to be an inventor?
How long should someone be able to profit from an idea?
Do you think intellectual property laws are too strict?
Should all medicines be free to manufacture?