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Can we use our free time better nowadays than in the past?
A lack of free time _____ (1) be a cause of stress and therefore, health problems. On starting this essay, it is important to take into account the various factors that have changed _____ (2) access to free time activities from that of past generations.
Firstly, we should mention that _____ (3) general, people have never had so many opportunities to enjoy leisure activities as they do today. People generally had less time and money to do as they pleased as the standard of living _____ (4) lower. But the way we work also has a negative influence as in this day and age there is far more pressure to succeed and we are discouraged from using our free time unproductively.
In spite _____ (5) having a vast amount of facilities and money to our advantage we have more distractions that prevent us _____ (6) doing what we enjoy. Due to the emergence of the internet and technological advances, it is all _____ (7) easy for us to waste our spare time.
Given these points, I believe we have more time and money to do what we like in our free time that in the past but people do not necessarily use _____ (8) in a better way.