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Has the Internet Made Us Stupid?

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ID: 3059 Upper Intermediate
Do you remember a time before smartphones, where dinnertime debates were so much more interesting? Now that everything is on our devices, we seem to have outsourced our brains to technology. Do you agree with this statement?
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你这次出国几号出发,要几点到机场?需不需要我载你一趟?
nǐ zhè cì chūguó jǐ hào chūfā ,yào jǐ diǎn dào jīchǎng ?xū bu xūyào wǒ zài nǐ yī tāng ?
What date are you setting off on this trip abroad? And what time do you have to be at the airport? Do you need me to give you a lift?
我看一下…你等一下,我拿手机...我是后天,早上八点的飞机。
wǒ kàn yīxià …nǐ děng yīxià ,wǒ ná shǒujī ...wǒ shì hòutiān ,zǎoshang bādiǎn de fēijī 。
Let me see.. wait here a minute. I'll get my phone... I'm going the day after tomorrow, and my flight is at eight in the morning.
这还要查呀!科技的发展果然大幅降低了你的记忆力。
zhè hái yào chá ya !kējì de fāzhǎn guǒrán dàfú jiàngdī le nǐ de jìyìlì 。
Even this you need to look up? Technological development has really made your memory deteriorate dramatically.
哈哈!你说的倒是真的,我还有点怀念几年前大家在餐桌上为了冷知识争论不休的日子,现在各自掏出手机就结束话题了。
hāhā !nǐ shuō de dàoshì zhēnde ,wǒ hái yǒudiǎnr huáiniàn jǐnián qián dàjiā zài cānzhuō shàng wèile lěngzhīshi zhēnglùnbùxiū de rìzi ,xiànzài gèzì tāochū shǒujī jiù jiéshù huàtí le 。
Ha ha! You're right there. I kind of miss the days a few years ago when we would have lively arguments around the dinner table over trivia. Now everyone just takes out their phones and the topic is over.
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