As is shown in the cartoon, four youngsters are sitting at a table, ready to have dinner.Unfortunately, instead of drinking and eating from a variety of delicious and nutritious dishes,each of them is holding a mobile phone and staring at the screen, with no thought to chat or eat at all. The caption informs us that the picture shows a typical gathering in an era of mobile
phones.

Like the Internet, mobile phones have brought a lot of convenience to our lives. With mobile phones, the home can become a library, a school, an office and an entertainment center. All kinds of transactions, from banking to shopping, can be performed electronically, and all information, from train schedules to off-price merchandise, is as close as the press of a key. However, despite the increase in efficiency and convenience generated by digital products, the changes they bring could very well lead to potentially adverse consequences. For instance, as nearly all activities could be conducted on mobile phones, we might all become hermit-like, never feeling any need to leave our screens. This would be unfortunate because by becoming so addicted to the virtual world, we might never be exposed to social interactions.

From the preceding discussion, it is readily apparent that the mobile phone, as an increasingly popular tool of communication, has both its upsides and downsides. Admittedly, the mobile phone can be used in many productive and useful ways. However, people who lack self-control, such as adolescents, must limit the time they spend on digital products, or their
academic work and social lives will eventually pay the price.

译文:

如图所示,四个年轻人正坐在桌旁准备吃饭。不幸的是,面对很多美味营养的饭菜,他们并未吃喝,而是每人拿着一只手机盯着屏幕,丝毫不想聊天或吃饭。下面的标题提示我们,图画描述的场景是“手机时代的聚会”。
和网络一样,手机给人们的生活带来了巨大的便利。有了手机,家里就成了图书馆、学校、办公室,甚至是游乐中心。各种各样的交易,从跑银行到买东西,都可以通过手机来完成;所有的信息,从火车时刻表到折价商品目录,只需轻按键盘就能看到。然而,尽管数码产品带来了这么高的效率和这么多的便利,它带来的变化也很有可能造成潜在的不良后果。
例如,由于几乎所有的活动都可以在手机上进行,我们就可能像隐士那样,感到没有必要离开屏幕。这将是不幸的,因为我们将完全沉溺于手机,以至于可能再也不会进行社会交际。
在上述讨论中可以得出一个显而易见的结论:手机作为人们之间愈加流行的交流方式,既有优点也存在不足。诚然,通过使用手机人们能做很多有益的事情,但那些缺乏自制力的人,比如未成年人,必须要控制使用数码产品的时间,否则他们的学业和社会交往就会受到影响,并最终为此付出代价。

生词:

nutrition营养、nutritious 营养的、nutritious dishes 有营养的菜肴、

gathering 聚集、聚会、hermit-like 隐士般的、academic 学术的、

admittedly不可否认的、诚然、preceding 前面的、transaction 贸易、业务、

caption 标题、schedule 时刻表、electric 电子的、electrics 电子学、

electronic 电子的、电子器件的、generate 生成、efficient有效率的;

efficiency 效率、效能;

最后修改日期:2020年6月21日

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