Pokémon GO Might Reduce Mild Depression According to Study | Learn English with the News

Pokémon defined an entire generation in the 90s and remains extremely popular to this day. Likewise, the Pokémon Go app redefined mobile games. It successfully deployed a new technology: augmented reality. It got people out of the house and made them more active; now, studies are beginning to see largely positive effects from this.

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The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Pokémon GO | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Pokémon GO | Fill in the Blank

Fill out the text below with the correct answers.

Pokémon GO | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

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Full Text:

Playing location-based games, such as the augmented reality game Pokémon GO, may alleviate non-clinical forms of mild depression, a new study has found. Location-based games are those that revolve and progress around a player’s physical location. This is often monitored using GPS technology. In a new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), researchers examined the effect of location-based mobile gaming on local depression trends.

Using the introduction of Pokémon GO as a case study, the researchers exploited the staggered release of the game over 50 weeks in 2016 into 166 regions in 12 English-speaking countries.

They measured local depression levels using Google Trends data to calculate internet searches for depression-related terms such as “depression,” “stress,” and “anxiety.” Using internet search data is a well-established mechanism for measuring mild depression in medical and public health literature. They found the release of Pokémon GO was associated with a significant short-term decrease in depression-related internet searches.

The authors argue that playing these types of games may reduce mild depression because they encourage outdoor physical activity, face-to-face socialization and exposure to nature. All factors which have all been shown as having a positive impact on mental health.

In the paper, published in the Journal of Management Information Systems, the authors were keen to stress that their findings only relate to those suffering from mild depression—not chronic or severe depressive disorders.

Mixed conditionals – Present result of a past condition

You know about the zero, first, second and third conditionals, great! But did you know there is something called a mixed conditional? A mixed conditional is when we have two parts of a conditional sentence referring to different times.

In this blog, we will look at the first type of mixed conditional sentences: A present result of a past action.

In this type, the ‘if’ clause is in the past perfect, and the main clause is in the present conditional form (would). Let’s look at some examples.

FORMULA:

If + past perfect AND present conditional

If this HAD happened, that thing WOULD happen.

Remember, you can reverse the order of the clauses, as with all conditionals.

 

Here are some examples:

If I hadn’t missed my bus, I would be at school by now.

I would own my own home if I had saved more money.

If I had bought Apple stocks in the 90s, I would be rich now!

I wouldn’t be so tired if I had slept longer.

Let’s look at this quiz!

Mixed conditionals | QUIZ

Choose the correct sentences.

 

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Learn English with Literature | Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe’s debut novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1948, was one of the most important pieces of literature to come out of Nigeria—and Africa—in the 20th century. The book tells the story of Okonkwo, an ambitious Igbo tribesman famous for his wrestling abilities. Though initially victorious and successful in his pursuits, Okonkwo is beset by various troubles and difficulties. In particular, his life—and the life of the Igbo community as a whole—is turned upside down by the arrival of European colonial settlers.

The book is a staple in African literature courses the world over. Achebe himself has become synonymous with African liberation and decolonisation. Though Achebe was influenced by Western culture and chose to write his first novel in English, he refused to adopt an English name (a common practice in Nigeria during his lifetime) and instead retained his Igbo name.

Below, you’ll read the opening passages of the book. Some words have been left out. First, you’ll fill in the blanks by choosing the option you think makes the most sense. Then, in the next exercise, you’ll strengthen your vocabulary by confirming the meaning of some of the most challenging words from the excerpt and from this introduction. Enjoy!

Chinua Achebe "Things Fall Apart" | Fill In The Blank

Fill out the text below with the correct answers.

Chinua Achebe "Things Fall Apart" | Vocabulary Quiz 1

Match the word with its synonym.

Chinua Achebe "Things Fall Apart" | Vocabulary Quiz 2

Match the word with its synonym.

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