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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 predominately belong to a demographic group 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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The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely predicted to result in a corresonding 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_______.
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(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 predominately belong to a demographic group 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.

IMO D .. by process of elimination only D & E are near to logically completing the argument, from both of these i pick D, because it talks about computer owners not general people.
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IMO C....

"The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely predicted to result in a corresonding decline in television viewing"

how we will conter the point...?? by showing that people who are using computers don't watch television much in past also...C only fits

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Which of the following most ligically completes the argument?

The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely predicted to result in a corresonding 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 - this is out of scope, we are not concerned with people who watch little television
(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 - out of scope again, the stimulus no where talks about 'National average'
(C) computer owners in the United States predominately belong to a demographic group that have long been known to spend less time watching television than the population as a whole does- not realted, we are just concerened with people, who have computers, and television - we are not considering the whole population
(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 - the best of all.
(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- this ans choice is too specific, foucussing just on the tasks and the speed with which they can be done.

Let the thoughts fly. If you're going to post an answer, please follow it up with your reasoning. Not looking for random guesses--I already tried that approach and it didn't work.

I hope this helps.

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IMO C

Evidence: Study showing people who own computers less television than people who do not own computers.
Conclusion: Television viewing has declined due to computers.

Question has been asked to weaken the argument.

(A) many people who watch little or no television do not own a computer. -Irrelevant, since we are concerned about comparison between TV and computer, rather then between TV and non-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. -Irrelevant, its just talking about some computer owners watching TV.
(C) computer owners in the United States predominately belong to a demographic group that have long been known to spend less time watching television than the population as a whole does. -Correct, weakens the argument by directly challenging the conclusion, even though the survey result is correct as the survey is giving average results.
(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. -Irrelevant, we are just concerned about comparing two different group of people, i.e computer owners and non-computer owners. Doesn't matter if computer owners are spending lot of time on TV, but we don't know if non-computer owners are spending even more 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. -Same error, as in D
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14 Jul 2009, 04:51
One more for C...Please post the OA now...
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C as well, for me!
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14 Jul 2009, 15:58
Only C negates the research finding.
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14 Jul 2009, 20:08
Thank you all for the great insight.

OA is C.
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11 Jun 2011, 01:44
IMO C
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13 Jun 2011, 02:18
Nothing except C here.
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06 Aug 2011, 11:33
Why is A wrong can someone explain
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A is irrelevant. You want to know about viewing patterns of people who own a computer. The people who do not have a computer are not important to the arguement
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Which of the following most ligically completes the argument?

The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely predicted to result in a corresonding 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_______.

Question is an assumption/strengthen answer that is always TRUE and NOT PARTLY TRUE
(A) many people who watch little or no television do not own a computer.
No effect
(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.
most, some - tone is wrong - also it is only partly TRUE
(C) computer owners in the United States predominately belong to a demographic group that have long been known to spend less time watching television than the population as a whole does.
correct tone - Completely TRUE -
If people who own computers belong to a group that watches less TV than the entire population, how can it represent the entire population !!!

(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.
many - tone is wrong - also it is only partly TRUE
(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.
many - tone is wrong - also it is only partly TRUE

Let the thoughts fly. If you're going to post an answer, please follow it up with your reasoning. Not looking for random guesses--I already tried that approach and it didn't work.

For confirmation, you can negate the Assumption - C in this case and confirm if it weakens the
Conclusion -" this finding does very little to show that computer use tends to reduce television viewing time"

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AndersonBound wrote:
Which of the following most ligically completes the argument?

The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely predicted to result in a corresonding 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 predominately belong to a demographic group 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.

Let the thoughts fly. If you're going to post an answer, please follow it up with your reasoning. Not looking for random guesses--I already tried that approach and it didn't work.

I have a doubt here

Question says :- however, this finding does very little to show that "COMPUTER USE" tends to reduce television viewing time, since ____

In option "C" we know computer OWNERS do not watch TV too often, but nothing has been said about "COMPUTER USE" by them.

Option "E" specifies that "COMPUTER USE" leaves people with more leisurely time FOR WATCHING TV.

"E" is a serious contender
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Option C gives us a reason to doubt that computer use causes people to see less television. It suggest another cause.

Answer E does not do anything to the argument. Even if a person has more time to watch tv because of computer, it does not mean they will still watch at a normal rate. It is weak evidence to say that a person can still watch tv normally.
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06 Sep 2011, 04:23
C is the only answer weakens the conclusion
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Which of the following most ligically completes the argument?

The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely predicted to result in a corresonding 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 predominately belong to a demographic group 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.

Let the thoughts fly. If you're going to post an answer, please follow it up with your reasoning. Not looking for random guesses--I already tried that approach and it didn't work.

C explains why the you cannot attribute computers are the reason for spending less time watching television.
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IMO C

Evidence: Study showing people who own computers less television than people who do not own computers.
Conclusion: Television viewing has declined due to computers.

Question has been asked to weaken the argument.

(A) many people who watch little or no television do not own a computer. -Irrelevant, since we are concerned about comparison between TV and computer, rather then between TV and non-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. -Irrelevant, its just talking about some computer owners watching TV.
(C) computer owners in the United States predominately belong to a demographic group that have long been known to spend less time watching television than the population as a whole does. -Correct, weakens the argument by directly challenging the conclusion, even though the survey result is correct as the survey is giving average results.
(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. -Irrelevant, we are just concerned about comparing two different group of people, i.e computer owners and non-computer owners. Doesn't matter if computer owners are spending lot of time on TV, but we don't know if non-computer owners are spending even more 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. -Same error, as in D

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