The Reading / Listening - Nice People - Level 2

New research says that nicer people are poorer than people who are not so nice. Researchers looked at how our personalities affected how rich we were. They found that people with a nice personality were financially worse off than more selfish people. Kinder people found it more difficult to look after their money. A researcher said this was because of the "agreeableness" of kinder, more trusting and more caring people. He said agreeableness was linked to different examples of financial hardship. These included lower savings, higher debt and an inability to repay debt.



Researchers looked at data from different sources, including online surveys taken by 4,000 people. The data included information about people's financial situations, their debt, and their attitude towards money. They compared this data with surveys in which people answered questions about their personality and agreeableness. The researchers said agreeable people seemed to care less about money and so did not look after their money wisely. A researcher said being kind and trusting had "financial costs". She wanted to better understand, "why nice guys seem to finish last".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nice People - Level 0 Nice People - Level 1   or  Nice People - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.earth.com/news/nice-people-money-problems/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6265263/Agreeable-people-money-work-likely-bankrupt.html
  • https://www.newsweek.com/nice-guys-really-do-finish-last-agreeable-people-more-likely-be-broke-1162687


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. people who are not
  2. people with a nice
  3. financially worse
  4. more difficult to look
  5. more trusting and more
  6. examples of financial
  7. higher
  8. an inability
  1. hardship
  2. off
  3. personality
  4. to repay debt
  5. after their money
  6. caring people
  7. so nice
  8. debt

Paragraph 2

  1. online
  2. information about people's financial
  3. people answered
  4. care
  5. being kind
  6. financial
  7. She wanted to better
  8. why nice guys seem
  1. less about money
  2. costs
  3. surveys
  4. to finish last
  5. situations
  6. understand
  7. questions
  8. and trusting

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New research says that nicer (1) ___________________ than people who are not so nice. Researchers looked at how our personalities (2) ___________________ we were. They found that people with a nice personality were financially (3) ___________________ more selfish people. Kinder people found it more difficult to look after their money. A researcher (4) ___________________ because of the "agreeableness" of kinder, more trusting and (5) ___________________. He said agreeableness was linked to different examples of financial hardship. These included lower savings, higher debt (6) ___________________ to repay debt.

Researchers (7) ___________________ from different sources, including online surveys taken by 4,000 people. The data included information about people's financial situations, (8) ___________________ their attitude towards money. They compared this data with (9) ___________________ people answered questions about their personality and agreeableness. The researchers said agreeable people (10) ___________________ less about money and so did not look after their money wisely. A researcher said being (11) ___________________ had "financial costs". She wanted to better understand, "why (12) ___________________ to finish last".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Newresearchsaysthatnicerpeoplearepoorerthanpeoplewhoarenots
onice.Researcherslookedathowourpersonalitiesaffectedhowrichwe
were.Theyfoundthatpeoplewithanicepersonalitywerefinanciallywor
seoffthanmoreselfishpeople.Kinderpeoplefounditmoredifficulttoloo
kaftertheirmoney.Aresearchersaidthiswasbecauseofthe"agreeable
ness"ofkinder,moretrustingandmorecaringpeople.Hesaidagreeable
nesswaslinkedtodifferentexamplesoffinancialhardship.Theseinclud
edlowersavings,higherdebtandaninabilitytorepaydebt.Researchersl
ookedatdatafromdifferentsources,includingonlinesurveystakenby4
,000people.Thedataincludedinformationaboutpeople'sfinancialsitu
ations,theirdebt,andtheirattitudetowardsmoney.Theycomparedthis
datawithsurveysinwhichpeopleansweredquestionsabouttheirperso
nalityandagreeableness.Theresearcherssaidagreeablepeopleseem
edtocarelessaboutmoneyandsodidnotlookaftertheirmoneywisely.Ar
esearchersaidbeingkindandtrustinghad"financialcosts".Shewantedt
obetterunderstand,"whyniceguysseemtofinishlast".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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