KFUPM PYP-English Technology 1 Podcasts
Speaking Option 1 Example (discussion of preferences, and future of technology)
Speaker 1: Hmm, that’s a big question. Obviously modern technology makes our lives easier in many ways, and gives us more leisure time than we’ve ever had, but there are more things to worry about than there were in the past and stress levels are higher than they used to be. I think this can only get worse. In fact, I’d say it’s fairly unlikely that technology itself will make us happier. It may make people expect more out of life and then feel disappointed because the reality doesn’t live up to their expectations.
Speaker 2: I think it’s quite likely that many more people will work from home in the future. To some extent this is already happening. I suppose this will probably mean that there’ll be less need for large offices in the centre of cities, as more and more employees access their computers from their homes.
Speaker 3: As I see it, it all depends on individuals. I don’t think that the technology itself will change our behaviour or somehow stop us wanting to spend time with our friends and other people. On the other hand, a lot of people seem to want to shut the world out by spending a lot of time listening to music through headphones or playing computer games. If this continues, it could result in more people feeling lonely and isolated.

IELTS Masterclass, by Siumon Haines and Peter May, Oxford University Press, p. 100