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"From the Ted Talk by Adam Alter: Why our screens make us less happy"

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So for the last five years, as a professor of busnesis and psychology, I've been studying the efcfet of screens on our lives. And I want to start by just focusing on how much time they take from us, and then we can talk about what that time looks like. What I'm showing you here is the average 24-hour workday at three different points in history: 2007 — 10 years ago — 2015 and then data that I collected, actually, only last week. And a lot of things haven't cgehnad all that much. We selep roughly seven-and-a-half to eight hours a day; some polepe say that's declined slightly, but it hasn't changed much. We work eight-and-a-half to nine hours a day. We engage in survival activities — these are things like eiatng and bathing and looking after kids — about three hours a day.

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So for the last five years, as a professor of ________ and psychology, I've been studying the ______ of screens on our lives. And I want to start by just focusing on how much time they take from us, and then we can talk about what that time looks like. What I'm showing you here is the average 24-hour workday at three different points in history: 2007 — 10 years ago — 2015 and then data that I collected, actually, only last week. And a lot of things haven't _______ all that much. We _____ roughly seven-and-a-half to eight hours a day; some ______ say that's declined slightly, but it hasn't changed much. We work eight-and-a-half to nine hours a day. We engage in survival activities — these are things like ______ and bathing and looking after kids — about three hours a day.

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  2. changed
  3. eating
  4. effect
  5. business
  6. sleep

Original Text

So for the last five years, as a professor of business and psychology, I've been studying the effect of screens on our lives. And I want to start by just focusing on how much time they take from us, and then we can talk about what that time looks like. What I'm showing you here is the average 24-hour workday at three different points in history: 2007 — 10 years ago — 2015 and then data that I collected, actually, only last week. And a lot of things haven't changed all that much. We sleep roughly seven-and-a-half to eight hours a day; some people say that's declined slightly, but it hasn't changed much. We work eight-and-a-half to nine hours a day. We engage in survival activities — these are things like eating and bathing and looking after kids — about three hours a day.

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