In this week's reading test we are going to practise the grammar and vocabulary multiple choice task, and we are going to use the BBC article Time spent online 'overtakes TV' among youngsters to that purpose.
Read the article and choose the option A, B or C which best completes the gaps 1-14. 0 is an example.
Time spent online 'overtakes TV' among youngsters
Young people are spending more time playing and socialising online (0) … watching television programmes, according to an annual survey tracking children's media behaviour in the UK. Staff at research agency Childwise described it as a "landmark change". Among those watching TV, the Netflix on-demand service was more popular than any conventional television channel. There was also a (1) … in children's ownership of tablet computers, up by 50% compared with last year. The annual media monitoring report, based on a (2) … of more than 2,000 five to 16-year-olds, has been following children's viewing behaviour since the mid-1990s.
This year's findings from Childwise are being claimed as a tipping point with children (3) … from conventional television to spending time online. The average time spent online is now three hours per day, compared with 2.1 hours watching television.
Among older teenagers in the survey there is an even more pronounced move away from television, particularly at the time when it is broadcast. Among 15 to 16-year-olds, less than a quarter would typically watch television as it is broadcast, (4) … on a catch-up or on-demand service or through YouTube. Among this age group, 32% had no favourite television programme.
And across the whole age range, none of the programmes identified as favourites, (5) … Hollyoaks and Pretty Little Liars, had been seen by more than 2% of young people in the previous week. Boys had a preference for sport while girls preferred reality shows like Made in Chelsea.
Among television services, Netflix emerged as the most popular choice – (6) … all the conventional channels.
The study shows how much young people's lives are immersed in online activity and computer devices and how these forms of media are overlapping. While the average time for online consumption is three hours per day, among 15 to 16-year-olds it (7) … to almost five hours.
The most common way of accessing the internet is the mobile phone, which is described as "near universal" among young people.
But particularly among younger children, there has been a sharp increase in access to tablet computers, now owned by 67% of youngsters, with the iPad by far the most (8) … . Children go online to watch videos, listen to music, play games and (9) … their homework - and older children use it for social networking, particularly among girls.
The study reveals that (10) … young people are accessing the internet, YouTube is the dominant destination. The video-sharing website is used every day by almost half of all five to 16-year-olds, most often through a mobile phone or tablet, to watch video clips, listen to music and use games-related material. They particularly want to see "funny" content (11) … YouTube, but about a third watch "how-to" videos, including how to play computer games.
End of the CD player
Apart from YouTube, other popular online destinations are Snapchat, Instagram, Minecraft and Facebook. The study also suggests the technologies that are disappearing. A (12) … number of young people listen to music via a CD player, with mobile phones now the leading medium.
It also warns that printed magazines are losing their (13) …, with shrinking numbers of regular readers.
Simon Leggett, Childwise research director, said that this year's survey showed that "TV viewing has been redefined". "Growing access to the internet at any time and in any place, and a blurring of television content across channels and devices, brings a landmark change in behaviour this year. "Children are now seeking out the content of their choice. They (14) … find traditional TV programmes engaging but are increasingly watching them online and on-demand or binge watching box sets."
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