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

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So what's the take home here? seercns are miraculous; I've already said that, and I feel that it's true. But the way we use them is a lot like driivng down a really fast, long road, and you're in a car where the aareclteocr is mashed to the floor, it's kind of hard to reach the brake pedal. You've got a choice. You can either glide by, past, say, the beautiful ocean scenes and take snaps out the window — that's the easy thing to do — or you can go out of your way to move the car to the side of the road, to push that brake pedal, to get out, take off your shoes and socks, take a couple of spets onto the sand, feel what the sand flees like under your feet, walk to the ocean, and let the oaecn lap at your aelkns. Your life will be richer and more meaningful because you breathe in that experience, and because you've left your pohne in the car.

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So what's the take home here? _______ are miraculous; I've already said that, and I feel that it's true. But the way we use them is a lot like _______ down a really fast, long road, and you're in a car where the ___________ is mashed to the floor, it's kind of hard to reach the brake pedal. You've got a choice. You can either glide by, past, say, the beautiful ocean scenes and take snaps out the window — that's the easy thing to do — or you can go out of your way to move the car to the side of the road, to push that brake pedal, to get out, take off your shoes and socks, take a couple of _____ onto the sand, feel what the sand _____ like under your feet, walk to the ocean, and let the _____ lap at your ______. Your life will be richer and more meaningful because you breathe in that experience, and because you've left your _____ in the car.

Solution

  1. ocean
  2. driving
  3. feels
  4. screens
  5. steps
  6. ankles
  7. accelerator
  8. phone

Original Text

So what's the take home here? Screens are miraculous; I've already said that, and I feel that it's true. But the way we use them is a lot like driving down a really fast, long road, and you're in a car where the accelerator is mashed to the floor, it's kind of hard to reach the brake pedal. You've got a choice. You can either glide by, past, say, the beautiful ocean scenes and take snaps out the window — that's the easy thing to do — or you can go out of your way to move the car to the side of the road, to push that brake pedal, to get out, take off your shoes and socks, take a couple of steps onto the sand, feel what the sand feels like under your feet, walk to the ocean, and let the ocean lap at your ankles. Your life will be richer and more meaningful because you breathe in that experience, and because you've left your phone in the car.

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Important Words

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