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

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One thing you can do is ask yourself: What goes on during that time? How enriching are the apps that we're using? And some are eihnncirg. If you stop people while they're using them and say, "Tell us how you feel right now," they say they feel ptrtey good about these apps — those that focus on relaxation, exercise, weather, reading, education and health. They spend an average of nine minutes a day on each of these. These apps make them much less hppay. About half the people, when you interrupt them and say, "How do you feel?" say they don't feel good about using them. What's iennterstig about these — dating, social networking, gaming, entertainment, news, web browsing — pploee spned 27 minutes a day on each of these. We're sdenpnig three times longer on the apps that don't make us happy. That doesn't seem very wise.

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One thing you can do is ask yourself: What goes on during that time? How enriching are the apps that we're using? And some are _________. If you stop people while they're using them and say, "Tell us how you feel right now," they say they feel ______ good about these apps — those that focus on relaxation, exercise, weather, reading, education and health. They spend an average of nine minutes a day on each of these. These apps make them much less _____. About half the people, when you interrupt them and say, "How do you feel?" say they don't feel good about using them. What's ___________ about these — dating, social networking, gaming, entertainment, news, web browsing — ______ _____ 27 minutes a day on each of these. We're ________ three times longer on the apps that don't make us happy. That doesn't seem very wise.

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  2. spending
  3. interesting
  4. enriching
  5. pretty
  6. spend
  7. happy

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One thing you can do is ask yourself: What goes on during that time? How enriching are the apps that we're using? And some are enriching. If you stop people while they're using them and say, "Tell us how you feel right now," they say they feel pretty good about these apps — those that focus on relaxation, exercise, weather, reading, education and health. They spend an average of nine minutes a day on each of these. These apps make them much less happy. About half the people, when you interrupt them and say, "How do you feel?" say they don't feel good about using them. What's interesting about these — dating, social networking, gaming, entertainment, news, web browsing — people spend 27 minutes a day on each of these. We're spending three times longer on the apps that don't make us happy. That doesn't seem very wise.

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