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Hello. I'm currently preparing for an english exam and I came across an excercise which I'd like you to check.
So, here's the text
Internet is one of the greatest tools we have today. Billions of bits of
information, unlimited ways to connect, games to play, videos to watch, things to
learn. Thereís something for everyone. We Facebook, tumble, stumble, and tweet
more now than ever. Social media is connecting us in incredible ways. You can
create communities of like-minded people that would never meet before on the
Internet. But, due to this, we are spending copious amounts of time on the World
Wide Web, and itís slowly changing who you are as a person.
I went for a long period of time where I didnít read a book. I finally got
around to picking up a few new books and as soon as I started reading them, I
struggled. I couldnít hold concentration like I used to. I would read a whole
paragraph with my mind elsewhere or had this constant anxious feeling to do
something else, even when there was absolutely nothing else to do. My mind
would jump from one thought to another and I barely could read a chapter in one
sitting. A talked to a few people about this, and I even looked to the trusty Internet
for my solution. I found that Iím not alone, many people report the same type of
concentration shift. The reason for this is the information overload via Internet.
We take in 34 gigabytes of information each day now. That is 5 times more
than we did 20 years ago. There is so much going on in our minds that we rarely
spend any time on one particular bit of information because there is always
something new and more intriguing just around the corner. When we land on a
webpage, we spend the average of about 50 seconds, if that, and know that there
are at least 5 other links we can click on the page. We can still concentrate, but our
minds would much rather be focused on a series of things, not one thought.
Not only is it altering our concentration on reading long works, but itís
changing ďhowĒ we read. We no longer read; we skim. This is our way of adapting
to this information overload. It would take too long to process all this information
and we donít need everything. We sift through the information and get to the main
point or relevant material.
The way things are written online is changing for us as well. For anyone
who has written a blog post, itís a much different style of writing compared to
novels and even newspaper articles. The things we read online are as clear and
concise as possible. Adjectives are a thing of the past. The information is usually
already condensed for you, and is separated into neat headlines that make it easy to
scan the page in a few seconds. We donít focus on comprehension anymore, we
know what weíre looking for and we find it quickly.
The way we are reading things is just the start, the way we are thinking is
changing too. Before, we had calm linear thoughts, one thing led to another. Now,
our thoughts are jumping back and forth between so many things. We have one
thought, which leads to four or five other non-related thoughts, and then some time
later we return to the original thought. This is a direct result of our attention being
focused on so many things for so little time on the web.There is always a link that
can take us somewhere new and start a new train of thoughts.
Weíve developed a much more fluid way of thinking. And itís not a bad
thing. Itís making us more creative. You are much more efficient at combing and
filtering through ideas, which in essence is what inspiration is. Linear thought is
very organized and does not leave room for new ideas.
So, the Internet has become an essential part of our daily lives. But itís also
important to disconnect for a while and to take care of your body and mind. Create
a balance of time online and in the real world, so you can reap the positive
cognitive abilities the Internet is giving you and avoid forming an unhealthy set of
habits that will cost you later in life.
And here are the questions:
According to the author, Internet changes people because Ö
1)it adds lots of friends.
2)it helps to create new communities.
3)they spend too much time online.
4)of the amount of information it provides.
Why does Internet, according to the author, influence reading concentration?
1)The information there changes too fast.
2)It leaves less time for reading.
3)The bits of information there are very short.
4)It provides excessive information.
Which of the following is NOT a feature of an online text?
3)Lots of descriptive words.
The way people read has changed because Ö
1)they donít need all the information they read about.
2)they lost interest in serious literature.
3)they had to adjust to new conditions.
4)they had to read faster.
According to the author the new way of thinking helps people Ö
1)browse the Internet effectively.
3)filter useless information.
4)choose right things.
It can be implied from the text that the authorís attitude towards Internet is
Thank you in advance!