lunes, 11 de diciembre de 2017

Are mobile phones really suitable for children?



A problem which is often discussed today is if mobile phones are really suitable for children. Giving children a phone is a very difficult matter that parents have to deal with. But is this good at all? It is said that letting a baby play on an Ipad might lead to speech delays. Actually it could be a big problem if babies spend more than thirty minutes a day in front of screens. What should parents do?

Firstly, parents have to know if their children are ready to have a phone, that is to say, if children are mature or not. Besides, they have to teach them about things such as bullying, the permanence of what they post and stranger danger online. Another piece of advice is not to punish them by taking the phone away. It’s because that might make teens less likely to open up about a problem they are dealing with online.

Secondly, it is a well-known fact that no parents want their children to eat junk food all the time, so they shouldn’t do the same with their online time. Teenagers’ screentime has become an emotive issue. If they see that someone has something new, they immediately want it too; but sometimes they can’t get it. This causes them such a discomfort. Additionally, they always want to show others what they have or what they are doing every time.




In conclusion, if I was mother I wouldn’t give my children a mobile phone till they were mature enough. I prefer that children live their childhood freely. What’s more, I would give them a book as a Christmas present instead of any electronic devices. Despite, I think that mobiles are extremely important in our real life since we are able to do nothing without them. Moreover, if I didn’t use my computer, I couldn’t do my English homework or have a look at my History notes.


IS INTERNET ADDICTION REALLY A PROBLEM?



One of the issues which the public is particularly concerned about is the internet addiction, but is it really a problem? Well, it is impossible to deny the incredible significance of the internet and the effects its development has had on the world. Today the internet touches nearly every aspect of our daily lives.

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First of all, we shop online, we keep in touch with friends and family, we read news from all over the world since planet is connected thanks to internet. Actually, we would be able to do nothing without it. Teenagers, including me, usually use it to search for further information, to do homework or projects or simply to listen to music. They usually spend more than an hour a day surfing on the Internet.




However, more and more people overuse the internet, and they feel a compulsive need to be connected, so some scientists have considered it an addiction, which can be harmful for our mental health. When we talk about internet addiction disorder we refer to excessive internet use that interferes with a daily life. Those who suffer from this addiction can be carefree because there are plenty of solutions.

Personally, I have messaged people who live in other countries. It’s because I have some friends who live overseas; one of them lives in the USA and the other one in India. Furthermore, I have my own blog, which I created three years ago. I generally use it almost every week to write some articles in English. As I see it, I don’t consider myself an internet addict.


viernes, 8 de diciembre de 2017

Cities are no longer cars' territory





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Currently, it is true that pedestrians are becoming an endangered species on city roads. Cities are full of cars, lorries, buses and there are traffic jams everywhere. This causes that cities aren’t being seen as they are, so many people prefer to visit another place.



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For example, a historical city as Seville is invaded by obstacles, so people have no place to walk around. This beautiful city has amazing buildings to show us, like La Giralda. La Giralda is a bell tower which was originally built as a minaret. It is called like that because in the summit it has a small statue called Giraldillo. Another building to see is The Tower of the Gold, which is situated by the Guadalquivir. Now, the city centre in Seville is also almost pedestrians’ territory.



Last, but not least, it happened in other Europeans cities like Bordeaux in France, Freiburg in Germany or Norwich in Britain. Now city centres are pedestrians’ territory. Actually, it is a delight you can walk freely, also you can see all around you. But the most important is that it reduces the pollution and the noise.

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Summing up, I think that reducing the traffic in the cities will make them safer; there will be less pollution and noise. A good solution would be using the public transport and inciting the creation of green areas and bike’s networks. We have to try to do things to make our city the most beautiful, so it will be more attractive for tourists.

Any couch potatoes around?


To begin with, what is a couch potato? It is a slang word to call a person who spends too much time watching TV. As I see it, I am not a couch potato because I go to the gym and I don’t spend all day watching TV, mainly since I have no time. Although, if I was one I would ask my friends or family for help, for example I would ask my sister to work out together.


It is a fact that everybody loves spending time in the sofa watching their favourite series. Nowadays there are lots of platforms which provide us with a great amount of series and films as Nextlix or Movistar+. By the way, I like watching Hawaii 5.0, NCIS Los Angeles and The Walking Dead in my free time. 

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Futhermore, I love watching films, as well. I prefer the romantic ones. My favourite actors are Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum and Chris Hemsworth. I really like all of their films, especially The Notebook, in which Ryan appears. However, what I like the most is watching the famous reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians.


To conclude
, I think that people are really into series, that is to say, that they spend time doing nothing; but it is a real fact that some people are more and more into doing some exercise. It may be due to people who are extremely concerned about their image, so they have to work hard to fit their bodies. I think the best idea is to eat well and do some exercise. If you don’t want to go to the gym because you are afraid of feeling lonely, you can always ask a friend to come with you.

martes, 28 de noviembre de 2017

What do you think about superstitions?


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For a start, I am going to write about what I think about superstition. Firstly, who has ever read about his horoscope in some gossip magazines or online? Honestly, I used to do it very week. Because I was born on 25th June, my zodiac sign is Cancer. I like reading it since it almost always describes exactly how I feel.

On the one hand, there are lots of superstitions. Among them, one is triskaidekaphobia. This phobia is the belief that number 13 is unlucky. Another one is the saying that if a black cat crosses your path, it is bad luck. Its origin was due to the belief in the middles ages that single women who were associated with cats were witches.


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On the other hand, not all the superstitions mean bad luck. One of them says that a horseshoe bring us good luck. As well, it keeps nightmares away. Another one is the saying that the bride has to have something old, new, borrowed and blue. The first represents continuity; the second represents hope and the future; the third symbolizes borrowed happiness while the last is supposed to bring purity, love and fidelity.



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On the whole, I think that I am not the only one into horoscopes. But I know some people who are very sceptical, as my cousin. He always tells me that providing that he sees real facts, he will believe in some superstitions. How stubborn he is! He just believes in what he sees, he loves performing the scientific method in almost every aspect of his real life. 

Reasons to go into a café




Nowadays it is a well-known fact that people consume too much caffeine when they take a coffee, a tea or an energy drink. Indeed, 23 billion cups of coffee are consumed in coffee shops or stores in the UK every year. By the way, do you know what a suspended coffee is? It is one that is bought by ordinary people to homeless. This idea was originated in Naples and it is a sign of solidarity in our society.

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On the one hand, coffee houses were originally a meeting place for lively debate and intellectual discussion. It was there because a lot of people could take part in those discussions. Moreover, the first coffee house was set up in Oxford in 1650. They quickly became popular and soon they were all over London too. You paid a penny to get in and this included access to newspapers and also stimulating conversation.




On the other hand, currently coffee houses have changed a lot,that is to say, the spirit of those 17th century coffee houses has disappeared. Today, people sit alone plugged into their laptops and they are all doing different things thanks to free wifi. The free wifi is one of the most important factors to take into account when we decide to go to a café or not. I remember when I was in Dublin and I went to a Starbucks to buy a hot coffee because it was freezing outside, and for using the free wifi too!

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To sum up, it is true that I sometimes have a coffee in the morning because it is the only thing that helps me to stay awake. A friend of mine has a coffee addiction. Actually, he consumes too much caffeine. He can take five cups of coffee while an ordinary person takes one or even two per day. I believe that coffee can benefit us. However, it can be harmful for our health as well if we take a high quantity.

lunes, 13 de noviembre de 2017

Describe the role of music in your life and your favourite type of music, if any



Who can imagine a world without music? Actually, I couldn’t live without any type of music, especially pop music and R&B, which are my favourite ones. Every morning the first thing that I do is turn on my radio, so I get up listening to music. Additionally, I listen to the morning news. As well, I like listening to music on my way to school. Sometimes, soft music helps me to relax when I am very stressed.

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On the one hand, I am really into pop music. This is a genre of popular music that originated in the USA and the UK during the mid-1950s. The terms “popular music” and “pop music” are often used as synonymous, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many styles. Some of the most famous singers of the style are Charlie Puth, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran, among others. I like any song of this style, but I prefer “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, which is an old-fashioned love ballad dedicated to Ed’s current girlfriend.



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On the other hand, I love R&B music. It is a musical genre that mixes hip hop, soul, pop and funk’s elements. It became popular in the 1990’s in the USA and the UK. My favourite singer is Abel Tesfaye, most known as The Weeknd. Some of his most famous songs are “Earned It”, which is the soundtrack of the film Fifty Shades of Grey, The Hills, Can’t Feel My Face and Starboy. I love all of them! Besides, I enjoy listening “Unforgettable”, a French Montana and Swa Lee song.



Summing up, I think that I spend hours and hours listening to music, singing and even dancing. These things are the best plan to do in a party with friends. As I see it, I wouldn’t go to a party if there wasn’t any good music. What’s more, people aren’t the same, they are different, so they prefer different types of music. This is that makes music so great.