Topic Reading-Vol.2116-1/26/2018

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Topic Reading-Vol.2116-1/26/2018

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2018/01/26 Topic Reading-Vol.2116-1/26/2018

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

How much is ‘too much time’ on social media?

How long do you spend on social media a day? Do you think you’re spending too much time on it? Are your friends or family members spend more or less than you do?

Watching TV had been a major concern until the Internet surfing took that place in the 2000’s. Now, time on PC is replaced by smartphones for more interactive activities. Every time a new device or medium appears, people seem to spend considerable time on it, which bothers those who haven’t made or don’t want to make the shift.

Should SNS be compared with TV? While watching TV is passive at best, connecting with others on the Internet is interactive. So, is it that different between drinking beer and chatting with others in a pub and connecting with friends on SNS or talking with someone on the phone? One of the common problems between these two is whether you’re addicted or not. How much one can drink depends on the person. So, it is difficult to draw a line how much or how long is too much. Also, there are other things or activities people are addicted to, such as drugs, smoking, gambling, and caffeine. Should only SNS be worried or criticized?

One suggestion experts make is to remind a heavy SNS if they’ve been online too long compared with others, or how many others are online at the time, say 3:00 in the morning. It is a less forceful approach and may even sound enlightening to the user.

Enjoy reading the article and watch the video, and think if you’re addicted to anything.

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