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debate • stuck • head
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  1. He won't talk about what's going on in his , but it's obvious that he's nervous about something.
  2. I have a lot of energy when I get home because I'm behind a desk all day.
  3. - I don't know how people can listen to that music.
  4. That is a that scientists continue to have.
  5. During the holidays all of the kids were go outside and play.
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437 Teen Life
Mike and Mark talk if life is better for teenagers today.

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that's a debate that's been going on since the days of Socrates and Plato

Regarding whether it was better then or now, that's a debate that's been going on since the days of Socrates and Plato.

A 'debate' is a discussion between two opposing groups. If something has 'been going on since the days of Socrates and Plato' it means that it is something that started a very long time ago and still continues today. 'Socrates and Plato' were philosophers who lived around 400 B.C. Notice the following:

  1. That's a debate that we will never finish.
  2. These ideas have been around since the time of Socrates and Plato.

stuck behind a computer

We weren't stuck behind a computer or behind a TV set all day.

When you work on a computer you can say that you are 'stuck behind a computer.' It means that you have to stay working on the computer because you have a responsibility to do something there, but you would prefer to be doing something else. Notice the following:

  1. When I spend the whole day at work stuck behind a computer I feel really tired when I get home.
  2. My eyes hurt from being stuck behind a computer all day.

in your head

Whether you're a teenager now or then, the same kind of issues went on in your head.

Things that go on 'in your head' are things that you think about. Notice the following:

  1. She has a lot going on in her head right now.
  2. Sometimes I don't understand what goes on in your head.

same here

Same here - I wasn't allowed to stay inside so much when I was a kid.

You can say 'same here' when you want to agree with someone and say you feel the same way or have had the same experience. Notice the following:

  1. Same here - I wasn't allowed to eat candy very often.
  2. Same here - I love playing sand volleyball.

forced to go outside

When we were kids, we were sort of forced to go outside to play.

When you are 'forced to go outside' it means that your parents make you leave the house temporarily to be outside in the fresh air. Notice the following:

  1. The kids were forced to go outside after they broke the lamp.
  2. After we eat lunch on Sundays our parents always force us to go outside.