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Put Down Your Smartphone



It is often said that smartphones have made our lives easier. Thanks to these handy devices, we can take our work with us anywhere. However, this isn’t necessarily a good thing.




A recent survey found that two-thirds of office workers continued to work on their smartphones outside office hours. These so-called “screen slaves” are glued to their smartphones on the way home and at home. This can lead to health problems. For example, using a smartphone on the train or sofa can cause back and neck pain. What’s more, looking at a small screen for a long time can cause vision problems.



In Taiwan, there was even a man who lost the use of his index finger because he played games on his smartphone for up to six hours a day. People who use their smartphones too often also complain of headaches, increased stress, and losing sleep at night. So perhaps we need to learn to be less dependent on our smartphones, and put them down once in a while.




handy  adj.便利的

The repairman takes his handy tools with him everywhere he goes.



survey   n.调查研究

A survey found that there were about 900 homeless people in the city.



so-called   adj.所谓的

So-called “card slaves” work just to pay off their credit card bills.



vision   n.视力

Bill’s vision isn’t so good, which is why he wears contact lenses.



headache   n.头痛

After a long day of studying, Jack had a headache.



dependent   adj.依赖的

Most teens are dependent on their parents for money.




necessarily   adv.必定;必然地

index finger  n.食指




Can you live without a mobile phone?



It is indeed difficult to live without a mobile phone as it helps us in day to day activities. I cannot live without a mobile phone. Today's generation uses mobile phones for chatting, surfing and playing games. They don't use the mobile phone for the real purpose. I admit that living without a mobile phone is extremely difficult but I can live without addicting apps like Facebook, Twitter etc. The iPhone is a gadget that is encouraging to use social apps and addicting games. These gadgets though facilitate our work but are making us their slaves. For example, if a person's iPhone is not working properly, he will be filled with anger. As new technology is creating new gadgets, so are people raising new demands. They also hamper academics. Buy a mobile phone but use it for something productive.



Can you live without a mobile phone?


I have heard a beautiful poetry, written by a novelist, Amy Cheung. With a little adjustment, it can vividly depict the alienation among people in reality - "The further distance in the world is not between life and death. But when I stand in front of you, your eyes turn to your smartphone; don’t know that I love you."

The smartphone has been gaining a great popularity, becoming a toxic compulsion. It has invaded our lives and occupied all our interstitial time. It is so commonly seen that the smartphone addicts attend to their phone, ignoring everything. Even meeting with friends, they often pull out the phone in order to take a photo, check a message or even play with a game. Seeming connected with the whole world, they have actually fiddled the conversation and done harm to the relationship.

It is high time that we threw away the phone and raised our heads up. Do cherish the ones around us and appreciate the splendid scenery ahead of us.


Can you live without a mobile phone?


A sage used to say, the 21st century is the era of smart phone. As the man who made up this sage, I’m so glad to see that the smart phone plays a significant role in people’s daily life.

Today, you can see people who bend their head and use their fingers to prick the keys of the phone everywhere. More and more people have become totally dependant on this little gadget. If there’s some dysfunction happened on the little thing, its master would definitely turn agitated, nervous and sometimes depressed. This is the syndrome of mobile dependency which is epidemic especially in young people.

We people invent a lot of things to make us convenient. However these things finally become new yoke for us. This is the doom of human being who continues to break down old shackles and at the same time forge new shackles. The invention of smart phone, it’s a gift for us and also a curse.



Stop Phubbing

Last month, Justin Valdez, a college student was shot in subway in San Francisco, the U.S. The surveillance video showed that before Justin was killed, the killer pulled out the pistol several times, and even wiped his nose with it. However, nobody noticed the killer. The surrounding passengers all focused on their cell phones.


We may see the same scene everywhere in the life: in subway, restaurants, elevators, roads, people are watching their mobile phones. From family reunion to date with a friend, people couldn't stop checking their twitter, WeChat, facebook on the mobile phone and snubbing the persons in front completely. Phubbing trends not only to involve the young people, but also the elderly and kids.


"Phubbing" is a newly coined term which comes from the words "phone" and "snub". It describes the habit of snubbing someone in favor of a mobile phone. The word "phubbing" was included in the Australian National Dictionary in 2012. Apparently, the indifference and rudeness of the information age are spreading globally. A Stop Phubbing campaign site has been launched. You can find the slogan of the website as follows: "stop twittering, stop posting photos…enjoy your food, enjoy the music and respect your campaign."


Phubbing appears innocuous; however, it does disturb our life. Shen Hongfei, an epicure, wrote in his blog:"I can no longer focus on what I am eating since I started twittering. My skill of food photography has improved very fast, while my interest in food drops correspondingly."


Let us put down the cell phone and re-savor the real taste of food and the warmth of interpersonal communication.