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Re: GMAT Prep: Computer [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2008, 09:28
Can you please take a few minutes and retype the question? Is that really too much to ask?

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Re: GMAT Prep: Computer [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2008, 09:32
Which of the following most logically completes the argument?

The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely predicted to result in a corresponding decline in television viewing. Recent studies have found that, in the United States, people who own computers watch, on average, significantly less television than people who do not own computers. In itself, however, this finding does very little to show that computer use tends to reduce television viewing time, since ________.

a) many people who watch little or no television do not own a computer.

b) even though most computer owners in the United States watch significantly less television than the national average, some computer owners watch far more television than the national average.

c) computer owners in the United States predominantly belong to demographic groups that have long been known to spend less time watching television than the population as a whole does

d) many computer owners in the United States have enough leisure time that spending significant amounts of time on the computer still leaves ample time for watching television.

e) many people use their computers primarily for tasks such as correspondence that can be done more rapidly on the computer, and doing so leaves more leisure time for watching television.
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Re: GMAT Prep: Computer [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2008, 10:20
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The answer should be "C".

This question is really "weaken the argument" type question - it has just been worded differently.
The argument/conclusion is as follows: Due to computer based activities there will be a decline in television viewing.
The premise is: Recent studies have shown that people in US who own computers watch less TV than people who don’t own computers.
This argument will be weakened if there is information available that people who own computers now were the ones who did not watch tv earlier (before owning the computers). This will prove that owning computers does not have a significant on TV viewership.

This was a good question. I will call it as a medium difficulty level question. I have been looking for some free practice questions online and yesterday found a site where you can get free Critical Reasoning questions. I found this helpful. Let me know what you think:

http://www.yourperfectscore.com/gmatQuestions.html

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Re: GMAT Prep: Computer [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2008, 14:48
C for me too
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Re: GMAT Prep: Computer [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2008, 18:39
a) many people who watch little or no television do not own a computer. [ What prevents holding computer is out of argument]

b) even though most computer owners in the United States watch significantly less television than the national average, some computer owners watch far more television than the national average. [Good one – but only mentions some of them]

c) computer owners in the United States predominantly belong to demographic groups that have long been known to spend less time watching television than the population as a whole does [Hold]

d) many computer owners in the United States have enough leisure time that spending significant amounts of time on the computer still leaves ample time for watching television. [ Argument is not about who has more leisure time]

e) many people use their computers primarily for tasks such as correspondence that can be done more rapidly on the computer, and doing so leaves more leisure time for watching television. [Use of computer – out of scope]


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Re: GMAT Prep: Computer [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2011, 03:31
C: The reason for not viewing TV is not the having a computer, but being member of a concrete demographic group.

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Re: GMAT Prep: Computer   [#permalink] 07 Jan 2011, 03:31
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