How has the computer changed my life?

By Laura Saldauskaite, (1996), Šilutės pirmoji gymnasium
There is no wonder that my grandmother can’t keep pace with modern technologies of this century.    Something that looked like a miracle at the beginning of this century, now it is a daily routine. However, I should admit that changes have appeared in my life, as well. At the time, I was born, it was common to use just wire telephones and now, almost every teenager uses a touchscreen telephone, which the old still find difficult to use. For them it looks like the mission impossible. Talking about TV, even I remember a TV like a big box, which occupied half of our room, while at the moment a TV set hangs on the wall like a painting. But I should admit that it is the computer that influenced my life most.


I still remember myself at the age of five, when my parents brought quite a big box – it was a computer. It was the day, which changed my life a lot. Now, I can’t imagine my life without this item. While I was growing, I could see the development of this device. It became more and more powerful so that you could find a great number of useful programs and exciting games suitable for all people. What is more, the appearance of computer has changed as well. They were getting smaller and became laptops, which is really convenient as you can put them in your handbag. The more comfortable they were, the more I used them. In the past, I just needed a computer for ten or twenty minutes a day, but now, I can sit in front of it for hours.


So you can guess how the computer has changed my life. In the past, I used to be all the time outside, playing various games with my friends and communicating a lot with my parents, whereas, at present I spend just a little time being in fresh air and I don’t lead a healthy life. But a computer has a lot of positive features. For instance, I can read the most update news, so I don’t need to buy a newspaper. Also, I can watch the latest films and serials I want to on the Internet, so I don’t need to go to the cinema or a theater. Moreover, the computer is also an ideal item for communicating. I can spend all day chatting with my friends and discussing different problems.


Consequently, it is a device, which I’m completely addicted to and I can’t imagine the world without this miracle. What is more, I strongly believe that what seems now impossible and unreachable, in a few decades will become a reality. As the progress is very rapid I fear that my kids will ask me: “Why can’t you deal with such a simple gadget?”


Food and health

By Laura Saldauskaite (1996), Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania

In today‘s fast-moving world, people have less and less time to spend eating, let alone cooking. It is  probably for this reason that junk food has become so popular, and there is no doubt that it is here to stay.  In fact, one British hotel group has announced that its guests are able to order fast food even through room service. So what exactly is junk food?  Basically, it is anything that is high in calories but lacking in nutrition as well as  high in saturated fat, which is linked with a higher risk of cancer. Our eating habits have changed due to lack of time. Also, the amount of exercise we do has decreased. Researches suggest that the new generation will be more likely to suffer from heart and liver disease. But if we improve our eating habits, we will be better equipped to deal with our stressful lifestyles.

One of the ways to stay healthy is the Pyramid diet.

We‘ve had the High Fibre diet, the Protein diet, the hip diet, but the latest diet is The Pyramid‘s.This isn‘t a diet to help people lose weight. It‘s a diet for healthy life. The Pyramid diet is very simple. Different kinds of food are at different levels of the pyramid. The higher up the pyramid, the less you should eat.

At the bottom of the pyramid are complex carbohydrates like bread, pasta and potatoes. About 50% of your diet should be complex by them. At the second level are fruit and vegetables. Thes should be about 30% of your diet. Above the second level are the protein-rich foods like meat, fish and cheese. At the top of the pyramid are fat, oil and sugar. We should eat as little as possible of things at this level.

So that’s why, the proverb says: “An apple a day, keeps a doctor away”.

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