- How much free time do you have?
- Do you usually spend your free time alone or with somebody else? Please tell me more about it.
- tremendous /trih-MEN-duhs/
- top-notch /TOP-NOCH/
- futile /FYOOT-l/
- point of view /point uhv vyoo/
- appear /uh-PEER/
[adjective] – great in amount, size, or degree
We can see that there are tremendous changes done in the city.
[adjective] – excellent
This restaurant has top-notch customer service.
[adjective] – (of actions) having no effect or achieving nothing
It was futile to continue with the investigation.
[noun] – a way of considering something
From my point of view, the party was a success.
[verb] – to seem
They appear to be willing to work with us.
According to studies, some people feel a tremendous amount of pressure to maximize their spare time by spending more money. The way we seek out top-notch products and services has grown quicker than the amount of time we have to use them, according to US economist Daniel Hamermesh. While preparing the best vacation ever may drive us to do it, high expectations may clash with our actual reality, making the encounter feel futile. In fact, people in high-stress, high-paying jobs focus too much on work productivity that they see leisure as unimportant. Marketing Associate Professor Anat Keinan also points out that we’re seeing a shift in our points of view: a lack of leisure time has become a powerful status indicator. She mentions that celebrities on Twitter brag about “having no life” and “being in desperate need of a vacation.”
The constant worry that we aren’t properly spending our time can make leisure appear unnecessary. Still, the only “proper” way to enjoy free time is to relax, make wonderful memories, and trust that everything will work out.
- According to the article, how do some people feel pressured to maximize their free time?
- What did Daniel Hamermesh say about the way people seek out high-quality products and services?
- How do individuals in high-stress, high-paying jobs see leisure?
- What has become a powerful status indicator according to Anat Keinan?
- Based on the article, what is the “proper” way to enjoy free time?
- Did you have a hobby in the past that you no longer do? Why did you quit it?
- Do you usually plan your recreational activities or spend your free time resting? Please tell me more about it.
- If given the chance, would you choose to work and earn less to have more free time? Why or why not?
- In your opinion, did people have more free time in the past?
- Do you agree that there is a “right” way to use our free time? Please explain your answer.