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# Although computers can enhance people's ability to

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04 Jun 2016, 00:07
Argument Analysis:

Although computers can enhance people's ability to communicate, computer games are a cause of underdeveloped communication skills in children. An opinion
After school hours spent playing computer games are hours not spent talking to people. A background information.
Therefore, children who spent their spare time playing these games have less experience in interpersonal communication than other children have. Conclusion – has a comparison

Assumptions:
a. After school hours spent playing computer games are hours not spent talking to people. Games are not interactive and does not encourage communication.
b. After school hours spent playing computer games are hours not spent talking to people. Solo games does not need more people.
c. Less experience in interpersonal communication than other children have: Other children who do not play computer games or who do not spent their full spare time go out and talk to people. They do not participate in painting, swimming or any other activities that limit their interaction with people to the same level as games do.

Question Stem
The argument depends on which of the following assumption?

A) Passive activities such as watching television and listening to music do not hinder the development of communication skills in children. Good but this is not required to be assumed
B) Most children have other opportunities, in addition to after school hours, in which they can choose whether to play computer games or to interact with other people. Let them choose but argument is about the impact of that selection.
C) Children who do not spend all their after hour playing computer games spend at least some of that time talking with other people. Correct
D) Formal instruction contributes little or nothing to children's acquisition of communication skills. Not concerned about any other method.
E) The mental skills developed through playing computer games do not contribute significantly to children's intellectual development. Bothered about communication at the moment.
Option C
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29 Aug 2016, 10:17
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C) Children who do not spend all their after hour playing computer games spend at least some of that time talking with other people. Correct

I got it right for three reasons

1) This is an Explanation argument (look for P.O.S.E. on Forum) which asserts that Assumptions for this group relate - among other options - that Event A is the only cause of B. Clearly, among the five options, this is the only one with this format

2) When you negate it, you must do in the two parts :

Children who do not spend all their after hour playing computer games spend at least some of that time talking with other people.
Children who ---- spend all their after hour playing computer games spend NONE of that time talking with other people.

3) P.O.E.ing
the reasons stated by the previous users are quite good

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12 Jul 2017, 02:39
Although computers can enhance people's ability to communicate, computer games are a cause of underdeveloped communication skills in children. After school hours spent playing computer games are hours not spent talking to people. Therefore, children who spent their spare time playing these games have less experience in interpersonal communication than other children have.

Video Games = Under-developed communication skills in children
Assumption: Children = talking time WHO dont play video games
Rigorous POE

The argument depends on which of the following assumption?

A) Passive activities such as watching television and listening to music do not hinder the development of communication skills in children.
Well they do. Because ultimately the person is not going out and talking to people.

B) Most children have other opportunities, in addition to after school hours, in which they can choose whether to play computer games or to interact with other people.
Having opportunities do not result in developed communication skill.

C) Children who do not spend all their after hour playing computer games spend at least some of that time talking with other people.
This is what they assumed and so therefore concluded that video games are not letting children talk to other people

D) Formal instruction contributes little or nothing to children's acquisition of communication skills.
Formal Instruction is not even considered as one of the reasons here.

E) The mental skills developed through playing computer games do not contribute significantly to children's intellectual development
We do not care about mental skills. But about the communication skills.
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30 Oct 2017, 06:38
Experts please explain - why is option D wrong?
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