Use or abuse of technology - PAU inglés 2015 Madrid resuelto

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Use or abuse of technology - PAU inglés 2015 Madrid resueltoPeople in Britain now spend more time watching TV, gaming, and using their mobile phones and computers than they do sleeping. Research by a British communications agency found that the average UK adult uses technology for eight hours and 41 minutes a day, 20 minutes longer than they spend sleeping. One of the biggest reasons for this is Wi-Fi. People can get online almost anywhere, so they spend more time online. Nowadays, it is very common that people make telephone calls or surf the web while watching television.
The study, which examined the use of technology by different age groups, also found that six-year-olds understand how to use gadgets such as tablets and mobile phones at the same level as 45-year-olds. Another finding was that people understand digital technology better when they are 14 or 15.
According to Dr. Arthur Cassidy, a social media psychologist, technology is changing the way people communicate with each other. He warned that we are becoming more and more anti-social and we are moving away from face-to-face conversations because of technology. He added that people are now saturated with digital technology and are becoming psychologically dependent on their smart phones.
Dr. Cassidy linked the increasing cases of Internet and social media addiction among youngsters with problems in mental and physical development. Perhaps we should think of recreational screen time as a form of consumption in the same way that we think of sugar, hours of sun, ... – measured in units of hours per day.



1.- Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE? Copy the evidence from the text. No marks are given for only TRUE or FALSE. (Puntuación máxima: 2 puntos)
a) An expert said that we are having more in-person conversations now than we used to in the past.

2.- In your own words and based on the ideas in the text, answer the following questions. Do not copy from the text. (Puntuación máxima: 2 puntos)
  • a) Why do British people make more use of technology nowadays? PAR.1
  • b) What are the research findings regarding children and teenagers? PAR.2


3.- Find the words in the text that mean: (Puntuación máxima: 1 punto)

4.- Complete the following sentences. Use the appropriate form of the word in brackets when given. (Puntuación máxima: 2 puntos)


5.- Write about 100 to 150 words on the following topic. (Puntuación máxima: 3 puntos)
  • What differences do you find between the use of technology by teenagers and by adults?

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6 comentarios:

  1. Questions 1.b. is wrong. The statement is false since the text mentions "mental and physical" development. Thinking of "physical" only as a brain problem is not supported by the text.
    Question 2b. is also wrong. The evidence is found in paragraph 2, not in 4: the question addresses "children and teenager". Paragraph 4 mentions "youngsters" , which includes people older than 19. Furthermore, para 4 DOES NOT mention children at all.

    1. You are right!
      The mistakes have been corrected.
      Thank you so much for your help :)

  2. Just another comment regarding question 4.d. This one goes to the test-makers. The question is wrongly stated since no report is aimed at all. Actually, no quotation marks are displayed in the original statement which can suggest is a comment to be transformed into reported speech. Reporting the statement using "the report" as a subject will be unnatural anyway, unless in direct speech adding punctuation and a reference to the original speaker: "The report shouldn't have been sent off for printing yet," they acknowledged/commented/said.

    1. I quite agree with you but this was the way the question was stated on the official exam.
      Thank you again for your collaboration ;)

  3. One thing. 4 b could also be "people wouldn't communicate so easily if the Internet didn't exist", right? It sounds better to me than couldn't.

    1. Sure, both options are grammatically possible ;)


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