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The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely expected to result in a decline in television viewing, since it had been assumed that people lack sufficient free time to maintain current television-viewing levels while spending increasing amounts of free time on the computer. That assumption, however, is evidently false: in a recent mail survey concerning media use, a very large majority of respondents who report increasing time spent per week using computers report no charge in time spent watching television.

Which of the following would it be most useful to determine in order to evaluate the argument?

A. Whether a large majority of the survey respondents reported watching television regularly

B. Whether the amount of time spent watching television is declining among people who report that they rarely or never use computers

C. Whether the type of television programs a person watches tends to change as the amount of time spent per week using computers increases

D. Whether a large majority of the computer owners in the survey reported spending increasing amounts of time per week using computers

E. Whether the survey respondents' reports of time spent using computers included time spent using computers at work

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vivektripathi wrote:
The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely expected to result in a
decline in television viewing, since it had been assumed that people lack sufficient free
time to maintain current television-viewing levels while spending increasing amounts of
free time on the computer. That assumption, however, is evidently false: in a recent mail
survey concerning media use, a very large majority of respondents who report increasing
time spent per week using computers report no charge in time spent watching television.
Which of the following would it be most useful to determine in order to evaluate the
argument?
A. Whether a large majority of the survey respondents reported watching television
regularly
B. Whether the amount of time spent watching television is declining among people
who report that they rarely or never use computers
C. Whether the type of television programs a person watches tends to change as the
amount of time spent per week using computers increases
D. Whether a large majority of the computer owners in the survey reported spending
increasing amounts of time per week using computers
E. Whether the survey respondents’ reports of time spent using computers included
time spent using computers at work

The statement that argument sets out to prove false is, " Computer activities are causing decline in tv viewing". But if we discover that TV viewing is declining even among people who do not use computers, then the problem lies somewhere else & not in the computer activities.

Hey I got this one finally! Answer is D.
Just note: a very large majority of respondents who report increasing
time spent per week using computers
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He says that out of 100 people surveyed majority of people with characteristic X, report no change in tv viewing.

But what if X is too small? If X is say 10 & majority of it i.e. 9 report unchanged tv viewing. We cant conclude based on that.

But yes if X is 90 & majority of it i.e. 80 report unchanged tv vewing, in that case we can draw conclusions based on the study.

So primarily we must determine whether X is large enough or not.
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01 Jan 2009, 16:23
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01 Jan 2009, 18:25
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Reason behind E:

if they are increasing their computer use, it could be because they are increasing it at work ! which would not cut into any free time which could otherwise be used for TV viewing.

A is wrong because it does not matter how often a person watches TV. That already was found in the study that there was no change in TV viewing. Therefore if people watched TV regularly, or once a month, it wouldnt matter. We are concerned about the impact over time.

Good answer. I fell for A and even started typing why E is wrong and A is correct. But went back and looked at the Q again.

The basic argument of the Q is increasing X is not causing drop in Y and NOT increase in X causes drop in Y.

Another key is mail survey and it is possible that people are including time spent at work with computers.

It is kind of grey as the Q does not mention whether the survey explicitly asks the responders to report only on free time usage of comp vs TV. As it does not mention, one cannot assume so and hence E is better than A.

What is the source of this Q?
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04 Jan 2009, 08:30
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The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely expected to result in a decline in television viewing, since it had been assumed that people lack sufficient free time to maintain current television-viewing levels while spending increasing amounts of free time on the computer.

That assumption, however, is evidently false: in a recent mail
survey concerning media use, a very large majority of respondents who report increasing time spent per week using computers report no charge in time spent watching television.

Which of the following would it be most useful to determine in order to evaluate the argument?

A. Whether a large majority of the survey respondents reported watching television regularly

B. Whether the amount of time spent watching television is declining among people who report that they rarely or never use computers

C. Whether the type of television programs a person watches tends to change as the amount of time spent per week using computers increases

D. Whether a large majority of the computer owners in the survey reported spending increasing amounts of time per week using computers

E. Whether the survey respondentsâ€™ reports of time spent using computers included time spent using computers at work

I have a different take on this. I could be totally off but I narrowed this down to C and E.
And ruled out E because although they might be reporting time spent at work, that does not
mean they are also not spending more time at home and we can not simply assume that.

I picked C because, if we see the type of programming that one watches tend to change as
the amount of time on computer increases, then there may be a link. Earlier one could be
watching soaps for which you need to pay attention to what's going on. Now with increased
time spent on computer, one might have a news/sports/weather channel and one doesn't have to
be attentive and can keep spending time on his computer with tv on in the background.

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04 Jan 2009, 11:22
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The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely expected to result in a decline in television viewing, since it had been assumed that people lack sufficient free time to maintain current television-viewing levels while spending increasing amounts of free time on the computer.

That assumption, however, is evidently false: in a recent mail
survey concerning media use, a very large majority of respondents who report increasing time spent per week using computers report no charge in time spent watching television.

Which of the following would it be most useful to determine in order to evaluate the argument?

A. Whether a large majority of the survey respondents reported watching television regularly

B. Whether the amount of time spent watching television is declining among people who report that they rarely or never use computers

C. Whether the type of television programs a person watches tends to change as the amount of time spent per week using computers increases

D. Whether a large majority of the computer owners in the survey reported spending increasing amounts of time per week using computers

E. Whether the survey respondentsâ€™ reports of time spent using computers included time spent using computers at work

A - This has nothing to do with the argument (the relationship between time on TV vs computer)
B - We don't care about people who do not watch TV
C - Who cares if the TV programs are re-runs or new?
D - We are concerned with increasing amounts of TV (not computer)
E - If most respondents use computers during work that can affect the argument so I believe this is the credited response.
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05 Jan 2009, 00:01
the questiion is the same as "whether or not the survey has an error?

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The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely expected to result in a decline in television viewing, since it had been assumed that people lack sufﬁcient free time to maintain current television-viewing levels while spending increasing amounts of free time on the computer. That assumption, however, is evidently false: In a recent mail survey concerning media use, a very large majority of respondents who report increasing time spent per week using computers report no change in time spent watching television.
Which of the following would it be most useful to determine in order to evaluate the argument?

(A) Whether a large majority of the survey respondents reported watching television regularly
(B) Whether the amount of time spent watching television is declining among people who report that they rarely or never use computers
(C) Whether the type of television programs a person watches tends to change as the amount of time spent per week using computers increases
(D) Whether a large majority of the computer owners in the survey reported spending increasing amounts of time per week using computers
(E) Whether the survey respondents’ reports of time spent using computers included time spent using computers at work

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27 Feb 2010, 13:07
ans E.

arg is concerned only abt the "increasing amounts of free time spending on the computer activities".
so make sure in the survey its exclusively mentioned to the respondents to report only the part of free time spending on computer activities.
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03 Sep 2010, 14:53
Answer is E. Only this choice weakens the argument so it is the best info to evaluate.
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28 Apr 2011, 10:20
E is fairly simple but this is a lengthy question.
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30 Dec 2012, 02:49
No one got the right answer...well,I too didn't get the right answer I chose 'E' over 'C'
for the record OA is 'C'....Can somebody help me understand the OA?
<I got OA from GMATClub's 100cr pdf>
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03 Apr 2013, 14:07
The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely expected to result in a
decline in television viewing, since it had been assumed that people lack sufficient free
time to maintain current television-viewing levels while spending increasing amounts of
free time on the computer. That assumption, however, is evidently false: in a recent mail
survey concerning media use, a very large majority of respondents who report increasing
time spent per week using computers report no charge in time spent watching television.
Which of the following would it be most useful to determine in order to evaluate the
argument?
A. Whether a large majority of the survey respondents reported watching television
regularly
B. Whether the amount of time spent watching television is declining among people
who report that they rarely or never use computers
C. Whether the type of television programs a person watches tends to change as the
amount of time spent per week using computers increases
D. Whether a large majority of the computer owners in the survey reported spending
increasing amounts of time per week using computers
E. Whether the survey respondents’ reports of time spent using computers included
time spent using computers at work

I picked c.Need explanation of c & e
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I would go with E. Here is why

A. Whether a large majority of the survey respondents reported watching television
regularly - This category of people should see reduced usage of computer.
B. Whether the amount of time spent watching television is declining among people
who report that they rarely or never use computers - out-of-scope since not interested in opposite effects of computers
C. Whether the type of television programs a person watches tends to change as the
amount of time spent per week using computers increases - We're interested in the total TV viewing time not change in tastes resulting in watching different programs.
D. Whether a large majority of the computer owners in the survey reported spending
increasing amounts of time per week using computers - One sided and not relevant since we want to see the effects on TV viewing.
E. Whether the survey respondents’ reports of time spent using computers included
time spent using computers at work - Knowing this will definitely skew the survey and the conclusion from the survey.

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The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely expected to result in a decline in television
viewing, since it had been assumed that people lack sufficient free time to maintain current television-viewing
levels while spending increasing amounts of free time on the computer. That assumption, however, is evidently
false: In a recent mail survey concerning media use, a very large majority of respondents who report increasing
time spent per week using computers report no change in time spent watching television.

(A) Whether a large majority of the survey respondents reported watching television regularly
(B) Whether the amount of time spent watching television is declining among people who report that they
rarely or never use computers
(C) Whether the type of television programs a person watches tends to change as the amount of time spent
per week using computers increases
(D) Whether a large majority of the computer owners in the survey reported spending increasing amounts of
time per week using computers
(E) Whether the survey respondents' reports of time spent using computers included time spent using
computers at work

OA:E.

I can understand E is the correct answer,but I can not understand why A is not correct.
My understanding for A is:If the survey respondents are never watching TV, so the conclusion of no change in watching TV has no sense(because they never watch TV), so if in this situation answer A can weaken the argument.

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06 Apr 2013, 03:25
Please avoid in the title statement such as [Help] and follow the forum's rules.

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The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely expected to result in a decline in television
viewing, since it had been assumed that people lack sufficient free time to maintain current television-viewing
levels while spending increasing amounts of free time on the computer. That assumption, however, is evidently
false: In a recent mail survey concerning media use, a very large majority of respondents who report increasing
time spent per week using computers report no change in time spent watching television.

(A) Whether a large majority of the survey respondents reported watching television regularly
(B) Whether the amount of time spent watching television is declining among people who report that they
rarely or never use computers
(C) Whether the type of television programs a person watches tends to change as the amount of time spent
per week using computers increases
(D) Whether a large majority of the computer owners in the survey reported spending increasing amounts of
time per week using computers
(E) Whether the survey respondents' reports of time spent using computers included time spent using
computers at work

OA:E.

I can understand E is the correct answer,but I can not understand why A is not correct.
My understanding for A is:If the survey respondents are never watching TV, so the conclusion of no change in watching TV has no sense(because they never watch TV), so if in this situation answer A can weaken the argument.

Tough question

basically the argument says that IF you spot the reason why the people dedicate more time to pc AND at the same time the amount of time dedicate to TV is more or less the same of before.....you have the right answer.

E says that the amount of time dedicated to PC is not a single time but shared, between two situations. In other words, if you have 10 hours dedicated to the computer and 10 hours dedicated to TV is not possible. BUT in E the time spent to PC is not 10 hours but 10 hours combined bewtween home AND office, so this time is not 10 + 10 but 10 combined. As result, you have time to dedicate to watch TV, eventually the other 10 hours

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01 Feb 2014, 11:56
This is og13 question 36. This should be placed in og13 group.
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To evaluate we need to find whether the use of computers increased at the expense of Television time or otherwise....if a person spends 12 hrs in office and 12 at home............and uses computer incresingly at office ...his comuter usage could not affect his television viewing time.......ONLY " E" MEETS THE CRITERIA ... HENCE CORRECT

E. Whether the survey respondents' reports of time spent using computers included time spent using computers at work
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19 Mar 2014, 00:14
Folks,

I have a doubt in this one.

Argument says that :

As it was expected with the GROWING POPULARITY that more free time is spent on COMPUTER-BASED activities while COMPROMISING free time on TV viewing.

Conclusion says hey the above is not the case.

Since people are increasing time spent on computer while TV viewing held constant.

But the answer option gives that "Whether the survey respondents' reports of time spent using computers included time spent using computers at work"

Now we will consider Y/N for this answer option.

Say it is Yes, even if people spent time at work still they are spending more free time on computer than on TV since if they are not overworking due to office obligations they might have time for TV viewing. Doesn't do anything to the argument.

Say it is No, even if they are not spending more time on computer at work doesn't do anything to the argument.

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