Business English Lite
2012/03/14

Slaves to the Smartphone: The Horrors of Hyperconnectivity スマートフォンの奴隷 過度な接続姓の恐怖

Smart devices are sometimes empowering. They put a world of information at our fingertips. They free people to work from home instead of squeezing onto a crowded train. That is a huge boon for parents who need flexible work hours. Smartphones and tablets can also promote efficiency by allowing people to get things done in spare moments that would otherwise be wasted, such as while standing in line for coffee.

However, hyperconnectivity exaggerates some of the most destabilising trends in the modern workplace: the decline of certainty, the rise of global supply chains and the general worshiping of flexibility.

Employees find it ever harder to distinguish between "on-time" and "off-time", and between real work and make-work. Executives are burdened with two overlapping workdays: a formal one full of meetings and an informal one spent trying to keep up with the mountain of e-mails and messages.

None of this is good for businesspeople’s marriages or mental health. It may be bad for business, too. When bosses change their minds at the last minute, it is hard to plan for the future. And several studies have shown that people think more deeply if they are not constantly distracted.

Key Vocabularies :
boon [noun] 利点、ありがたいもの、恩恵,   promote [verb] 促進する、助長する,   efficiency [noun] 短時間で物事を効率的に成し遂げること、実行における能力,   spare [adj] 無料、予備,   waste [verb] 使用されないこと,  

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本文の内容や単語について問う問題です。問題は全部で5問あります。是非チャレンジしてみて下さい。

1.

According to the article, what is one of the biggest advantages of smartphones?

 

2.

According to the article, because we are connected to and constantly interrupted by our computers and phones 24/7, what is suffering?

 
Look at the underlined word or phrase and choose the answer that is closest in meaning.

3.

However, hyperconnectivity exaggerates some of the most destabilising trends in the modern workplace: the decline of certainty, the rise of global supply chains and the general worshiping of flexibility. What does destabilise mean?

 

4.

Employees find it ever harder to distinguish between "on-time" and "off-time", and between real work and make-work.

What does distinguish mean for these employees?

 

5.

Based on the information in the article, people have become slaves to technology. What might be a possible outcome of this?

 
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