Technology and Health
Steven and Mike are classmates. Steven enjoys playing computer games, but Paul would rather go outside. Paul is warning Steven about the harmful effects of spending too much time playing computer games...
Paul: Steven, how’s it going?
Steven: I’m fine, Paul, but I’m really busy right now… I don’t really have time to talk to you. I’m in the middle of a game...
Paul: Come on Steven! Let’s go out and play football - it’s so sunny outside today!
Steven: I told you - I’m busy. I really need to pass this level today!
Paul: You’re becoming an addict! Sitting in front of a screen for so long is bad for your health you know…
Steven: Well, playing computer games is far more exciting than playing outside!
Paul: I don’t agree with you at all…
Steven: I can play football games on the computer too, you know!
Paul: It’s never the same! If you don’t move anywhere or do any exercise, you’ll put on weight too! Watching the screen for too long can be harmful for your eyes too...
Steven: OK, stop moaning Paul! I’m coming outside now...
To come around
To become conscious again after an illness or an operation
One hour after the operation, she started to come around.
To shake something off
To get rid of an illness
I really hope I can shake this cold off before the weekend.
To pass out
To become unconscious for a short period of time.
When the ball hit her on the head, she passed out.
To pick something up
To start to suffer from something
She picked up the cold when she was- on holiday.
To come down with something
To start to suffer symptoms of an illness.
I think I’m starting to come down with the flu.