Do you think you would like to live alone?
Four years ago I was living in a boarding house with more than 20 girls, and last year I lived in a uni house with 5 girls. Now I find myself living alone … There are definitely both advantages and disadvantages to my new living situation!
Since I’ve lived by myself I can get away with doing things that I couldn’t do when I lived with other people. For example, last week I ate Pringles for breakfast and ice cream for dinner and no one was here to judge me! It also means I can dance as ridiculously and sing as loudly as I want and no one is here to tell me to be quiet or capture these embarrassing moments on camera.
One of the best things about living alone is that I don’t have to deal with annoying habits and messy housemates. I’ve had many different roommates and flatmates and however much I’ve loved (some) of them, everyone does irritating things and not everybody is a tidy person.
Despite these advantages, there are times when I miss living with other people. Firstly, I miss making and eating dinner with others. Secondly, I miss coming home to flatmates and telling them all about my day and hearing about theirs. Finally, and most importantly, I can no longer watch horror films (my favourite genre) because I get too scared by myself!
Advantages and Disadvantages of Watching Television
Is Television Good or Bad for People?
Some people claim that television is the root of all evil, while others think of television as a best friend. Some blame the television for society’s violence, consumerism, and misinformation, while others see it as a rich resource for education and global understanding.
Who is right?
I know many people who just can’t seem to live without TV. As soon as they get home, they turn it on. Even if they have work to do, family to be with, or friends to see, they do it all with the TV on. For many of us, television is such a constant presence in our lives that we haven’t stopped to question whether or not it is good, and most never ask ourselves if and how television might be hurting us.
For those of you who are asking this question—to satisfy your own curiosity or for an essay, debate, or other school project—below you will find the costs and benefits of watching television.
The Pros & Cons of Screen Time
What are the Advantages of Watching Television?
- In this busy, expensive life, television is an easy and cheap source of entertainment.
- By watching international news, we are kept informed and up-to-date with breaking news around the world.
- Some shows and channels (like PBS and Discovery) offer educational programs that can increase our knowledge and make us more aware of the world around us.
- Do-it-yourself shows give us easy access to all kinds of information: Cooking channels offer new recipes and methods, home improvement shows introduce us to many money-saving DIY tips, and financial advisers give advice for managing finances and investing money, for example. Television can also be a good way to help people learn a different language.
- Some shows can motivate people who are interested in that field and help them to pursue their dreams.
- Television can help you feel less lonely. Psychologists coined the term “social surrogacy” to explain how television can fill the shoes of absent friends or family. In one study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers found that people who watch a favorite TV show report feeling less lonely during the show.
- TV can expand your mind. Some shows let you travel vicariously and teach you about different people, cultures, ideas, and places you might never encounter in real life. Watching a variety of shows might give us a broader understanding of the world we live in and expose us to things we might otherwise never come across in our own lives.
- TV can make you feel like part of a group and let you participate in a shared subculture. In social situations where you may find yourself surrounded by strangers with whom you have nothing in common, a popular show or televised sporting event might give you something to talk about.
- Gathering around the television gives families, friends, and strangers something to bond over. Even if you’re not interested in the Olympics, watching the games with your family might bring you closer together; reminiscing about shows you’ve watched together gives you shared history and memories.
- There may be certain health benefits to watching television. If a certain show makes you laugh, for example, then an argument can be made for its mood-elevating merits. While exercising, television can distract you from what you’re doing and therefore enable you to last longer on the treadmill (there’s a good reason why so many gyms have televisions, after all!). One study from the University of Rochester found that people felt more energetic after watching nature scenes.
Read about this very strange hotel, then answer the True/False questions.
What would your life be like if you were Albert Einstein. What clothes would be in your wardrobe if you were Marilyn Monroe? Or Madonna?
Well now you can discover the answer to all these questions and many more at the Fame Hotel in California. Ten miles outside Los Angeles, the Fame Hotel promises to answer the question “What if?”. When you check into the hotel, you choose a room. Each room has a name. There’s Clint Eastwood on the second floor and Elvis Presley on the third floor. In total, the Fame Hotel has 32 rooms, most of which are named after stars of Hollywood or music. But there are also famous writers (Mark Twain and Agatha Christie) and even some scientists and sports stars, such as Mike Tyson.
When you enter the room, you enter the life of that person. There are pictures everywhere. The owner of the hotel has tried to fill the room with objects, clothes, even food that he thinks the stars would have liked. Marilyn Monroe’s wardrobe is full of beautiful white dresses, Albert Einstein doesn’t have any socks in his wardrobe because the real Einstein never wore them! If you choose Mike Tyson’s room, you’ll be able to practice boxing in one corner of the room. And there’s even a skipping rope too!
I spoke to one guest staying in the Elvis Presley room. “I love this hotel,” he said to me. “I wanted to know ‘What would Elvis Presley eat for breakfast?’ and now I know”. That guest eats pancakes and strawberry ice cream every morning, just as Elvis liked to do. On the next table, the Einstein room’s guest is eating cabbage soup!
The company plans to open another Fame Hotel in New York next year and there are plans to expand into Europe too. I look forward to staying in the Winston Churchill suite in London!
1. You can meet famous people in the hotel.
2. Some famous people have stayed at the hotel.
3. The Fame Hotel is near Hollywood.
4. Guests are able to choose which room they stay in.
5. Each room has a celebrity’s signature on the door.
6. The hotel’s owner has tried to make the wardobe authentic.
7. Each guest eats something different in the hotel restaurant.
8. There is also a Fame Hotel in London.