Spending Too Much Time Playing Video Games
Luke spends a lot of time playing video games in his room. He doesn’t spend any time with
his friends anymore and his dad is worried…
Dad: Luke, I’ve noticed that you spend a lot of time playing video games instead of seeing
your friends. Is everything OK?
Luke: Play video games is really fun and my friends aren’t always around. Everyone plays
Dad: What do you like about it?
Luke: It’s interesting and challenging. I’m never bored when I’m playing video games.
Dad: I’m worried about how much time you spend in your room. How much time do you
spend playing video games every week?
Luke: About 20 hours?
Dad: Wow, that’s a lot of time! Do you have any ideas about how you could spend less time
playing video games so that you have time for other things?
Luke: Mm… I could spend one hour playing video games and one hour outside every day.
Dad: That’s a great idea! And you can only play video games when your homework is
Luke: OK, dad…
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To experience something difficult and unexpected.
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To carefully consider the possible results of doing something.
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To start working or studying harder.
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