Part III Reading Comprehension (25 points )
Directions: In this section, there are four passages followed by questions or unfinished statements, each with four suggested answers A,B,C and D. Choose the best answer and mark your answer on the Answer Sheet.
Today’s grandparents are joining their grandchildren on social media, but the different generations’ online habits couldn’t be more different. The over-55s are joining Facebook in increasing numbers, meaning that they will soon be the site’s second biggest user group, with 3.5 million users aged 55-64 and 2.9 million over-65s.
Sheila, aged 59, says, “I joined to see what my grandchildren are doing, as my daughter posts videos and photos of them. It’s a much better way to see what they’re doing than waiting for letters and photos in the post. That’s how we did it when I was a child, but I think I’m lucky. I get to see so much more of their lives than my grandparents did.”
Ironically, Sheila’s grandchildren are less likely to use Facebook themselves. Children under 17 are leaving the site——only 2.2 million users are under 17——but they’re not going far from their smartphones. Chloe, aged 15, even sleeps with her phone. “It’s my alarm clock so I have to,”she says. “I look at it before I go to sleep and as soon as I wake up.”
Unlike her grandmother’s generation, Chloe’s age group is spending so much time on their phones at home that they are missing out on spending time with their friends in real life. Sheila, on the other hand, has made contact with old friends from school she hasn’t heard from in forty years. “We use Facebook to arrange to meet all over the country,”she says. “It’s changed my social life completely.”
Teenagers might have their parents to thank for their smartphone and social media addiction as their parents were the early adopters of the smartphone. Peter, 38 and father of two teenagers, reports that he used to be on his phone or laptop constantly. “I was always connected and I felt like I was always working,”he says. “How could I tell my kids to get off their phones if I was always in front of a screen myself?” So, in the evenings and at weekends, he takes his SIM card out of his smartphone and puts it into an old-style mobile phone that can only make calls and send text messages. “I’m not completely cut off from the world in case of emergencies, but the important thing is I’m setting a better example to my kids and spending more quality time with them.”
Is it only a matter of time until the generation above and below Peter catches up with the new trend for a less digital life?
26. According to the author, the online habits of the aged .
A.are quite different from the young
B.have no more difference with their grandchildren
C.are the same as the young
D.have no difference with each other
27.Which of the following is TRUE about Sheila?
A.She can join her grandchildren’s life more conveniently.
B.She can get involved in her grandchildren’s life.
C.She communicates with her grandchildren through Facebook.
D.She uses Facebook to communicate with her old friends.
28.Which of the following is TRUE about the young?
A.They use Facebook to communicate with friends.
B.They just take the smartphone as an alarm.
C.They spend less time with their friends in real life.
D.They go far away from their smartphones.
29.What can NOT be learned from paragraph 5?
A.It’s their parents who should be blamed for teenagers’ social media addiction.
B.Teenagers’ parents are the first users of smartphones.
C.Peter tries to set an example for his children.
D.Old-style mobile phone is better than smartphone.
30.Which is NOT the author’s attitude toward the future of digital life?
A.People should spend less time on smartphones.
B.There is still a long way to go to live a less digital life.
C.People of all ages should get rid of social media addiction.
D.It is not necessary for all ages to reduce digital life.