出典: 近畿大学 2015年度（平成27年度）推薦入試（一般公募）11月22日実施分 Ⅶ
Even just 10 years ago, one could sit in a university cafeteria in Japan and overhear students talking enthusiastically about their plans to travel overseas. In those days, many students saw their time at university as a chance to broaden their horizons outside Japan.
These days it seems that those lively conversations are becoming rarer and rarer. It is said that the number of students going overseas has dropped, and even the number of students expressing a desire to travel abroad has fallen.
A Japanese professor at a university in Tokyo blames mobile phones. She says, “These terrible devices have narrowed the vision of young people. When I was a student, we talked more, we went places our desire was to explore things and have new experiences. Recently, the lives of too many students are centered around their mobile phone, sending messages or playing around with apps.* They seem trapped in their own little digital world.”
Financial reasons must also play a part. Simply put, the modern student lifestyle costs a lot of money. Besides the monthly cell phone bill, students must find money for frequent drinking parties, new gadgets, clothes, trips to theme parks, club activities all of these expenses can eat away at a student’s budget until there is nothing left for traveling.
One male student at a university in Yokohama explained his way of thinking: “If I have to choose between a trip abroad and buying an iPad, I will buy the iPad. The trip will be over in a few days but the iPad will give me pleasure for two or three years. And besides, if I want to find out about things overseas, I can use the iPad to access Wikipedia.”
That may seem logical, but will the little touchscreen help him to develop as a person? Many people say that traveling has changed them for the better. Backpacking abroad can teach young people a lot of useful skills for the real world things like resourcefulness, self-reliance, how to make friends and how to motivate yourself.
Why not try it for yourself? With cheap LCC** tickets available, amazing adventures such as backpacking around Thailand, trekking in Nepal or exploring the ruins at Angkor Wat are just a short flight away.
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ア. A decade ago, many students saw their classes at university as a chance to consider whether to go to foreign countries.
イ. A decade ago, many university students had an opportunity to go outside Japan and see the horizon from a beach overseas.
ウ. A decade ago, many university students thought they could go abroad and expand their views during their college days.
エ. A decade ago, one failed to hear many students talking enthusiastically about traveling abroad in Japanese university cafeterias.
ア. It is said that fewer and fewer university students wish to go to foreign countries.
イ. It is said that many university students who go overseas have dropped out of school.
ウ. It seems that university students more often converse about going overseas than their own unusual experiences.
エ. It seems that university students more often talk to each other about foreign countries off campus than on campus.
ア. The professor says mobile phones are sending the message that young people should concentrate on their phones.
イ. The professor says mobile phones seem to lock young people up in their own small digital world.
ウ. The professor says young people do not have a wider vision due to mobile phones.
エ. The professor says young people in the past had a wish to find out more about things.
ア. Students continue using mobile phones.
イ. Students do active exercise at fitness clubs.
ウ. Students go to amusement parks.
エ. Students purchase clothing or useful equipment.
ア. A male student said he would choose an iPad because he would not find out about foreign cultures or lifestyles.
イ. A male student said he would choose an iPad because it would give him pleasure by allowing him to access Wikipedia.
ウ. A male student said he would not choose a trip abroad because he would not go exploring in foreign countries.
エ. A male student said he would not choose a trip abroad because it would please him for only a short period.
ア. Backpacking abroad can give young people the ability to do things without relying on others.
イ. Many people say that traveling abroad has had little effect on young people.
ウ. The male student at a university in Yokohama will develop as a person with the help of an iPad.
エ. Young people with a lot of useful skills for the real world can backpack abroad easily.
ア. A university professor in Tokyo says mobile phones are not responsible for university students not going abroad.
イ. According to a university professor in Tokyo, university students today desire to have new experiences outside of the digital world.
ウ.Because the lifestyle of modern students seems very simple, it costs very little money.
エ. Students today are busy with many kinds of events, so there is no free time left for traveling.
オ. A university student in Yokohama said he could learn how to access Wikipedia by using an iPad.
カ.Young people’s experience of backpacking abroad enables them to make friends more easily.
キ. Marvelous adventures in foreign countries can be easily experienced with cheap flights.