The Gift and Curse of Big Tech

In this listening comprehension exercise, let us take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly in Big Tech companies.

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • You will hear six short recordings. In each recording, the speaker talks about his or her encounters and experiences with Big Tech.

    For Questions 1-6, choose from the list (A–G) what each speaker says about his or her experience. There is one extra letter which you do not need to use. Do not use the same letter twice.

    A Their platforms could potentially help curb the spread of Covid-19.

    B I was demoted for protesting against their unfair practices.

    C The tech company won over my customers with low prices I couldn’t compete with.

    D The tech company’s goods and services helped sustain my family during the pandemic.

    E I am afraid to use the tech company’s app as it has been used to target my people.

    F My company fired me for protesting against sexual misconduct in the company.

    G The tech company took away our means to counter misinformation on social media.


    1. Speaker 1     _____

    2. Speaker 2    _____

    3. Speaker 3    _____

    4. Speaker 4    _____

    5. Speaker 5    _____

    6. Speaker 6    _____

  • You will hear a recording about how technology can both hinder and help our mental health. 

    For Question 7, choose from the list (A–F) four pieces of information which are stated or implied in the recording. Put a tick for each piece of information. Do not choose more than four pieces of information.

    A It is up to us to use technology for good.

    B Technology is essential to do good.

    C Taking care of our mental health is akin to taking care of our physical bodies.

    D A positive mindset is not a given, it has to be slowly trained.

    E Technology has enabled us to access more mental health resources.

    F We shouldn’t use technology too much. 

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