The experience of getting something that you want.

Last summer I was working very much and every day. I was very tired and disappointed because I didn’t do anything despite the work and I didn’t have time to go somewhere for having good time. So, I decided that at the end of the season I would travel to Europe and especially to Germany. I wanted this trip so badly because I needed to escape from hectic life.

First of all, I presumed that I will do this trip in November when I will end from work, as a result, I foretell all the days and got my tickets for Berlin. Suddenly, at the end of September, I stopped the work for a few days and I will begin again in November the days that I will be in Berlin. I was very upset and I didn’t know what to do. I had two choices to cancel my trip or to change the dates and do this trip alone for the first time in my life.

This would mean that I would travel to Berlin alone and that I should change all my plans. Firstly, I change my aeroplane tickets and I paid 180 euros more for this. Because of this, I decided to go from Mytilene to Thessaloniki by boat, so I buy a ticket a few days later. Unfortunately, when I went to buy a ticket the officer told to me that the boats had stopped that day because of the bad weather. I was very upset and I didn’t know if I should do this trip. The only solution was to take an aeroplane ticket which cost 100 euros. I did that because I didn’t have other option and I wanted so much to go somewhere. Finally, I went to Berlin alone.

To sum up, this travel made me better human and I would do it again and again. For the first time in my life, I could feel free and ready to attack my fears and myself. I had time to think about my future in a beautiful place and to take the decision to change my life in better ways. I appreciated the glorious places and finally, I saw the substance and not the things which don’t matter. I felt happy and full for a long time.

Are old buildings a cultural heritage of one’s nation?

Every nation has its own cultural heritage, buildings and historical places. However, an existing controversial issue makes people wonder if those historic buildings are standing in the way of evolution. Many old buildings are protected by from the law because they play a big part in the nation’s history.

Firstly, it is important to maintain old buildings because they have economic value. Many of the historic buildings they are used as museums and attract different kinds of tourists. Besides that, every single historic monument plays a big part in the nation’s history and it is very important for a country to keep its landmark alive. One way to achieve that is to keep historic sites protected.

Many opponents may argue differently, for example, some people believe that new modern buildings are cheaper and way easier to construct. But that is not the case, you can’t just demolish the nation’s history. Many of those buildings are so rare and have such beautiful construction. It is wise to maintain positive in keeping history alive and don’t just rush to cross of such rare monuments.

To conclude, history and big evolutions are written in historical buildings. Each one has its own history written in the walls. It is the cultural heritage of its nation and it does identify the progress society has succeeded all this time. I firmly believe that we need to keep preserving old historic buildings.

We live in the age of the goldfish!

Experts have noticed a change to humans attention span. In 2000 research by Microsoft placed the average human attention span at 12 seconds and by 2015, the number had fallen to 8 seconds like the goldfish’s attention. Are we getting dumb? The answer is no because the goldfish comparisons have proven a change in the way we think, because of technological improvements like the internet and youtube. Nowadays we use new methods of learning, for instance, online videos and articles. In other words, we learn better over a long period of time rather than all at once. The only thing that we have to do is repeat a small amount of learning a day, making use of that short attention span. The days of forcing people to sit and learn for long periods of time are over.

Is gamification meaningful?

Gamification is undeniable one of the most exciting ways to learn. Especially, this period with quarantine, we used the way of gamification to learn or revise things to the children. But a question that most parents and some teachers make; is gamification meaningful?
Firstly, gamification is a way to learn easer everything needs to learn. Similarly, is the easer and most exciting way to do our revises or our homework. Likewise, in this way, people of all ages can learn new languages. Also, this way help our self-improvement. What I mean with that? Gamification helps us achieving success but hard work and study are needed.
Something essential that all people but especially children need to understand is that they play games to improve their skills not to become antisocial. Gamification turns a task, whether it’s learning into a rewarding experience and with the competitive element that makes the game exciting but there are children that they can not understand that. What we can do to reduce this? We need to explain to those people that the mean of the gamification is not always trying to win the other but to try being better or learn from the game new things or to remember things we have forgot as like revisions with a most exciting way.
In conclusion, gamification helps us in a lot of parts but we need to know what is the time to stop, take a break and start again because as technology have radical results in our life and gamification have bad results to us if we do not know how to use it right.

Hectic pace of modern life

In present times, people are more likely to feel pressure and anxiety. It all starts when you don’t find time for yourself and you start to force yourself into a routine so you can cope with the everyday tensity. But that it isn’t a solution and you have sooner or later to deal with reality.

At first, you have to identify the cause that makes you feel stressed and put a stop to it. It is wise to take a break from your daily routine and enforce yourself in aim to change the way you live your life. It is possible to avert stress by embrace a different kind of lifestyle, for example, if you exercise daily you take out all the bad energy and tension you have. Not only that, but a healthy routine acquires a healthy diet and sleep program. All the efforts you will put on it, it is going to grand you a healthy inner self.

The pressure we feel is still going to increase if we don’t change the way we think. If you are searching a way to cope with the daily pressure, you have probably to defy your identity, by that I mean to ask yourself who are you and who you want to be? If the pressure comes from your work or your daily routine, you will have to change not only your habits but your life. It seems to everyone quitting your present life is something difficult and not even a choice. But your inner peace is way more important than your fears.

Having consistency in your life is important for your mental and physical health. It is our choice what path we will follow and it is in our hands to break free if that needs to.

A Few Words About The “Age of the Age of the Goldfish”

We live in the age of the goldfish! In other words, research by experts has proven that from 2000 to 2015 average human attention has been decreased by 4 seconds, that is 8 seconds. A goldfish’s attention spam is about 9 seconds, meaning our average is less than a goldfish’s! However, that doesn’t mean we’re more slow-witted than a fish, it just means our way of thinking has changed, because of technological development and how it affects our lives- negatively or positively-, the rise of multitasking, new methods of learning, like online video learning platforms. Also, the fact that certain skills are not needed anymore, because nowadays we have access to almost every piece of information thanks to the internet, is also one of the causes of the drop of our attention span. For that, we need to enhance learning. To do so, we need to make it more adaptable and accessible, because according to physiology, people learn better over a long period than all at once. In addition, the utilisation of gaming in learning immerses the learner to progress in a certain subject better.

P. I. Eleftheriou

What is the future of language?

What a monotonous world it would be without the mixed cultures and languages? Some experts believe that 90% of languages will become extinct. These predictions are based on real facts, so they will become true, because of globalization.
All the world’s languages have changed because of globalization. As the countries are getting connected to each other, because of marketing, education, and tourism, they must have something similar and familiar to communicate. The answer is one global dialect. For example, if someone wants to work abroad, it would be easier for him to communicate with one global language, which is English. This means that this concept of one accent makes our lives more comfortable and accessible. However, it has en effect in other languages, where might be extinct.
Furthermore, there is another enormous factor which helps in language extinction, the internet. Yes, the internet will make use of the English language. For instance, the youngest greek generation has created a new style, called Greeklish. It is a mix of their mother tongue and the global language. This happens because people search for information in English and then they are texting greek worlds into the English alphabet. In some years, Greek might be changed, or be archaic, or will develop as a dialect similar to English.
To conclude, there is a reduction in the world’s languages and this will be more intense in the future. However, this change will help our daily lives.

Are Local Languages Endangered of Being Displaced by A Global One?

The key to global human interactions is language. About 20% of the world’s population speak the English language. Linguists believe that due to globalization local languages will eventually become extinct and displaced one global language, by the end of the century. But, is that opinion really a fact?
Firstly, illiterate nations still exist in many regions of the world. Most of them have never come in contact with modern civilization. By the end of the century, no one’s entirely sure those people will have learnt that language and pass it down to their descendants. For instance, lots of African tribes are still living the same way and speaking the same dialect they did before the white man took over.
Furthermore, patriotism will continue to be among fellow humans. This characteristic signifies the love of one’s country and culture. That kind of people will try to keep their mother tongue alive by speaking it at home and pass it down to those after them.
However, humankind tends to learn fast and gets influenced easily. Lots of languages have gone extinct or have been forgotten through the centuries, like Latin, Ancient Greek. But that happened because they were developed into new versions, influenced by other languages. Fortunately, most of them are still learned at schools, only not used and not appreciated by youngsters.
The future is not set in stone. The expert’s beliefs are just theories based on modern-day facts. To conclude, it is not certain that at some point in this century we will have one language that everyone will know and use. That is up to the circumstances of the world’s development.
P. I. Eleftheriou

Valuable forms of communication.

Everyone uses different ways to communicate with others. Communication is essential because people need to talk with others, to give or take advice for a problem. The real question; are there any valuable forms of communication?
On the one hand, we have face-to-face communication. With this way, it is easier to understand the body language and with is I mean to understand your friend feelings. Similarly, you can help the other solve a problem or the opposite. In the same way, people interact and create a strong bond.
On the other hand, we have electronic communication. This category consists of social media, video calls, messages. With this way, we can cover distance so we can easily talk with someone in a long distance. Likewise, you can talk with our friend from a lot of time and at our convenience. The negative that have this way is that is not easy to understand the others body language.
I am totally opposed with the first way but this period with the quarantine, video calls are an easy way to keep contact with your friends. In conclusion, both forms of communication are essential because people need to interact with others.

Technology’s negative effect on teenagers and generally people

Can someone just imagine what life would be without the technological facilities that have been offered to us by engineers? Even though all we have to do is look in the past, the youth of the 21st century don’t seem to be able to.
For one thing, the new generation, that grew up in the development of technology, is known as the “electronic age babies”. It has come to my attention that most parents seem to allow their children to spend a minor amount of time watching television from a very young age. Therefore, the children internalize the habit of entertaining themselves with technology. Moreover, it is evident that teenagers communicate with each other bias the internet. However, it is clear that vocal communication has faded, while conversation is mainly in text messages. As a result, the art of real face-to-face communication is almost forgotten, due to the deficiency of its practice. Even when they are together their heads are still lowered facing that small box, called cell phone.
Furthermore, we live in a world of troubled youths. In other words, the use of the internet by adolescents might have a negative impact on their physical or mental health. A typical example is social influences, such as models; actors; public figures; bloggers and their effect on teens in various cases. All these people, who seem to do a lot of activities during the day; stay fit and have a perfect body; go on vacation and at the same time have a personal life and be good at almost everything, illustrate an image of perfection in an almost clueless adolescent’s mind, desperate to be something close to that “perfection”, filling them with anxiety. Owing to the fact that school, homework, extracurricular activities or lessons etc. are already stressing teens out, more stress caused by unnecessary deeds makes them feel even more pressured. This leads to anxiety, stress or even depression in severe cases.
That being said, the current pandemic decease, known as COVID-19 or the coronavirus, has got us cooped up in our houses. Technology now is needed more than ever, so we can stay in touch with our relatives, friends, teachers and colleagues. On the one hand, this is partly true, but on the other, this situation has got us longing for some real communication outside quarantine. In this way, not only the internet remains the main form of entertainment, but also people are becoming “addicted” to it to a greater extent.
Taking everything into account, technology does benefit communication, but people do not use it in order to do just that, while teens are constantly on it. Parents should also consider the time they allow their children to spend on any type of technology and introduce them to other forms of amusement. Besides, there’s a much bigger world beyond the screen.

Home education

Education means a lot for a person, it is all about you Character, the way you think and the way you approach life in general. In the latest years, most of the parents prefer homeschooling their children. In my belief teaching in your home, it is a reasonable choice but like always we should see the two sides of the facts.

Before I started writing this report I preferred the idea of school, but after I did my research I clearly believe that home education isn’t a bad idea at all. First of all, we need to see the way that educational system works and from my point of view, schools don’t have the amount of time children need in order to endorse and nurture the way I think they should. Children need time to play and experience different things in order to increase their intelligence. Bring in your mind memories you have when you were attending school, as I remember I didn’t like school, I didn’t have any interest and no one really helped to find one, I was attending school because I had to. Most of the kids are exhausted and experience lack for interest in anything that has to do with school. So as I see it homeschool is an opportunity for kids to get to know the world and themselves.

In order to understand the difference between home education and education in school, we need to understand children and their feelings. Is better to read and write about it? Or to experience something in order to learn how it works, that is what homeschooling gives to you. The biggest advantage about home education is the way that works, you get to choose your program, the time and place you can learn, you get to experience how the things you learn work in practice and children actually have time to play. On the other hand, many people talk about the disadvantages homeschooling has, for example, they believe that children don’t make any friends and don’t learn how to teamwork. But that is just a fear many people have, the latest years’ schools are actually providing different activities that children who are homeschooling can participate. In my belief home education needs to get an upgrade in our minds.

Education is the start of everything, you can take it from your own home or the schools, it is a choice everyone can make. Homeschool is a different way that gives you the opportunity to think differently and to get knowledge from a different aspect!

Advantages or disadvantages of home education.

Nowadays, parents prefer more and more to educate their children at home. It is called home education and it is just a valuable as formal education but children instead of going to school they are staying at home and do school online courses. Personally, I think that home education has more disadvantages to advantages.

First of all, one of the disadvantages is that children stay at home all day and do not change statements. This, a lot of times is bad for their psychology. Also, they are not doing new relationships with other children because of home education and many times they are feeling lonely. Moreover, at-home education they need less time to conclude their homework as a result to have more free time for themselves but to not have friends to play together because they are in school.

On the other hand, one of the most serious disadvantages is that the parents are not giving the chance to their children to communicate with other children. They disturb the socialization of their children because the school is one of the most serious sectors of the socialization. School helps children to acquire friendships, aplomb and to be independent of their parents.

To conclude, I believe that school helps a lot one child to prepare and later to confront adulthood. It gives you aplomb and helps you in all your life. Of course, it is competition in classmates but this gives you a reason to be better. Home education helps only the parents and bring down all these glorious years at schools with your friends.