Cambridge B1 Preliminary

B1 Preliminary - Gapped Text Exercise 13

Five sentences have been removed from the text below. For each question, choose the correct answer and write the letter in the box. There are three extra sentences which you do not need to use.

I Went One Week Without My Smartphone!

The idea to give up my smartphone for a week came to me after realising just how much time I was spending scrolling through social media feeds. I knew it was a bit too much, but when I found out I was on my phone for seven hours a day, that was it! I was curious to see how I would cope without it. _____1_____

On day one, I won't lie, it was tough. I found myself instinctively reaching for my phone, only to remember that I had decided not to use it. _____2_____ But, as the day progressed, I found myself adjusting to this new reality.

With the absence of my phone, I had so much free time on my hands. I filled it with reading books, going for walks, and spending time with family. _____3_____ These activities were so much more fulfilling than endless scrolling.

One of the most noticeable differences was my sleep. Without the glow of my screen keeping me awake, I found myself going to bed earlier and waking up more rested. _____4_____ It was an unexpected, but welcome change.

By the end of the week, I realised I wasn't missing much. Yes, I had missed a few messages and updates, but nothing that couldn't wait. _____5_____ It had been a rewarding experiment.

Overall, going without a smartphone for a week was a challenging but educational experience. It made me realise how much time I was wasting on it, and I've since made a conscious effort to reduce my screen time.


A. The feeling I had was one of panic.

B. I was sceptical but excited to embark on this digital detox.

C. It was something I hadn't experienced in a long time.

D. I even found time to take up painting, a hobby I'd been interested in for a while.

E. I was more present and engaged in conversations, without the distraction of my phone.

F. Some of my friends were not happy that I was so hard to reach.

G. Instead, I realised how much I had gained.

H. The constant notifications and pings weren't there to interrupt my sleep.

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