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SSS 2011-04-19

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This is Scientific American’s 60-Second Science. I’m Steve Mirsky. Got a minute?

“Believe it or not, George isn’t at home, please leave a message at the beep.” So what happens when you can’t get George? Some viewers have a tough time. “Get out.” No, it’s true, according to a study published in the journal1 Mass Communication and Society.

Researchers got input2 from over 400 college students in the spring of 2008, when a writers strike meant no new TV shows. “You’re freaking me out.” You and some of the students. They were asked about how much TV they watched and why. Reasons for watching included to kill time, relax or escape. But people who watched for companionship were most distressed3 by the loss of their shows. “Well, good luck with all that.”

The study might disappoint anyone who thinks the loss of TV would impel4 people to engage in more so-called5 real activities, such as socializing. “Look, we’ll go to Third Avenue.” Because most people don’t go anywhere. They simply turned to watching reruns or surfing the Web. Just 18 percent said they spent more time with friends and family. “Well, thank you, sir.” You’re quite welcome.

Thanks for the minute. For Scientific American’s 60-Second Science, I’m Steve Mirsky.


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1 journal g3Ex2     
n.日志,日记;议事录;日记帐;杂志,定期刊物
参考例句:
  • He kept a journal during his visit to Japan.他在访问日本期间坚持记日记。
  • He got a job as editor of a trade journal.他找到了一份当商业杂志编辑的工作。
2 input X6lxm     
n.输入(物);投入;vt.把(数据等)输入计算机
参考例句:
  • I will forever be grateful for his considerable input.我将永远感激他的大量投入。
  • All this information had to be input onto the computer.所有这些信息都必须输入计算机。
3 distressed du1z3y     
痛苦的
参考例句:
  • He was too distressed and confused to answer their questions. 他非常苦恼而困惑,无法回答他们的问题。
  • The news of his death distressed us greatly. 他逝世的消息使我们极为悲痛。
4 impel NaLxG     
v.推动;激励,迫使
参考例句:
  • Financial pressures impel the firm to cut back on spending.财政压力迫使公司减少开支。
  • The progress in science and technical will powerfully impel the education's development.科学和技术的进步将有力地推动教育的发展。
5 so-called jwvwy     
adj.所谓的,号称的
参考例句:
  • These were the so-called mainframe machines.它们被称为主机。
  • Let's see what this so-called button does.让我们来看看为什么这个按钮叫这个名字。
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