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Hey guys! My name is Asha and this video is for British Council’s LearnEnglish Teens online magazine and YouTube channel.
Today, I just wanted to talk about how much we are all obsessed with technology and how it is taking over our lives and I know in fact it is taking over my life – and here are some … some points to see if it’s taking over your life too.
If you look at a screen at least nine times a day, it means you’re obsessed with technology. It could be your mobile phone, your iPad, your laptop, your television, even an iPod counts. And sometimes I question why I have glasses and then I’m like, ‘Duh! I’m just obsessed with looking at screens and it’s just messed up my vision.’ That is why I honestly think that the Kindle is such a good invention. It saves so much space around your house – but it means looking at a screen again, so I like to stick to the old-school method of turning pages. Plus I am in love with the smell of new books and old books. Ah! It just smells so good! It really is an unhealthy obsession that I have.
Another sign of an obsession with technology-slash-social media is if you check it in the morning and you check it in the evening too, before you go to sleep; and if that becomes your usual routine every single day, well then ... you’ve got a problem too! Personally, I am so guilty of this – and what makes it worse is, I will check every social media and then ’cause it’s taken me 35 minutes to check through it all, I think it is long enough to go all the way back and recheck the social medias again! I really shouldn’t do that.
The next one is, is if you feel you can’t cope if your TV broke or if your phone broke … and I tell you, a sign of someone who’s obsessed with their phone is … hold on … if you have one of these bad boys, a portable charger, it means you’re obsessed with your phone because you just don’t want it to die. The only thing I think I could cope with it breaking is probably my TV because I know I’ll have other devices to watch TV on – so whether that’s my laptop or my phone, I’m good. Just as long as my phone doesn’t break! I have this really bad attachment with my phone.
Lastly is if you feel like you are not up to date with your favourite celebrities. When Kim Kardashian had taken her three-month break off social media, I was actually missing her, as much as it sounds quite sad to say, but she was a frequent poster and I was a bit like, ‘Where is Kim Kardashian? What is she doing with her life? Why is she not updating me?’ But if you feel like you relate to any of these symptoms of being obsessed with technology or social media, well, it’s all right girl, or boy, I am with you and together we will conquer this addiction.
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