Vocabulary Activities

Mundane monologues - Do I really need a mobile phone?

 Activity by Steven Starry - Profesor en Alcorcón

Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. Click this button again for another letter. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints! Listen to the recording afterwards.

Rellena los espacios en blanco con las palabras que faltan. Haz click en "Check" para comprobar tus aciertos. Si te resulta difícil la respuesta utiliza el botón "Hint" y te revelará una letra de la casilla en la que te encuentres, puedes clickear varias veces en "Hint" y te dará cada vez una letra más de la palabra. Perderás puntos con las pistas. Escucha a la grabación despues.

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Do I really need a mobile phone?
It seems like yesterday that I was over whether to buy my first cell phone. It was huge and green and had an antenna as long as my sticking out of the top. I suspected that I was wasting my money because I’d never really need it. Hadn’t I survived this long without it? But, it out to be more useful than I had imagined. Actually, if I’ve ever to leave the house without it (whether by omission or commission), I’m pretty sure that I’ve been thoroughly by my spouse upon my return. And that was back when mobile phones were only good for talking and text messages at 25 cents a .
Years later I’d go through the very same perspiratory process again when I got my first Android smart phone. Was it really it just for WhatsApp? Sure, absolutely everyone I knew had WhatsApp and, sure, they weren’t actually paying as much attention to their emails any longer, but did I really need it?
It turned out that smart phones had more going for them than just WhatsApp. Have you got a Fitbit with yours? Mine’s called a Mifit or whatever it is that Xiaomi calls their fitness device watch. You wear this little gadget on your wrist and it counts your steps. When you’re finished walking, running or riding your bike, it tells you how many steps you’ve taken and the app out a GPS-generated map of your exercise session. It’s a little like Big Brother because it doesn’t let you delete your daily stops at Dunkin Donuts. (Thank Homer for that great idea!) The gadget even knows when your asleep and how well you’ve slept. You have to stop about how badly you sleep when your app tells you that you’re sleeping better and longer than 80-90% of people. It really will change your attitude!
And speaking of attitude, ever since I got my latest mobile, I find it impossible to my workouts. I’ve walked at least 8,000 steps a day for the past 151 days and if I were to skip even one day, I’d have to start over from 0 days. You can’t lie to your mobile phone, but if I ever catch a fever or get admitted to hospital, a relative is going to be doing my walking for me I , or I’ll be crawling the hospital hallways with my IV drip in tow if I have to.
Some people are worried about health problems such as braain daamage (not me, no sir!) and that’s not likely to change in the short term given that the upgraded 5G system requires that so many more ugly-looking and potentially dangerous devices be placed on every single block. Some people are already saying that we aren’t going to need this new 5G system because 4G is good enough. But, I can guarantee that that is false. You are going to need it for something. You just don’t know what yet.
Oh, sure, they’ll be coming up with some reason to make buying a new 1,000-euro 5G mobile worth your while. Is unlimited bandwidth not enough? Indeed, it is kind of abstract. Then, how about being able to stream Netflix series on the way to work on the subway? Your resolve is crumbling already, see? All your data belong to them and they’ve already hacked your deepest desires and half of you absolutely love Netflix for sure. And, how about last night’s soccer on demand on your to work? See, I think I just got the other half of you with that one. It’s a conclusion! You’re all a bunch of for Netflix and football. You might as well start saving that 1,000 euros right now. I know I am.