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Many youngsters between the ages of 15-30 are suffering from limited attention span. A recent study has shown that 80% of these youngsters who have this disorder are interrupted by, the ringing or beeping of their mobile phones, once every in ten minutes. In all likelihood Robert, aged 24, has the limited attention span disorder because he attends to his mobile once every five minutes.

Find the logical flaw in the argument.

A.Fails to consider that there might be other causes for youngsters developing limited attention span disorder.
B.Does not take into account the probability that Robert might be among the 20% of the people who are not interrupted by their mobile phones once every 15 minutes
C.Uses a coincidence to establish a causal relationship between two unrelated variables
D.It assumes the converse of the relationship it established by the study to be true
E.Takes a very myopic view of limited attention span.
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A.Fails to consider that there might be other causes for youngsters developing limited attention span disorder.
OOS ' we dont care about other causes
B.Does not take into account the probability that Robert might be among the 20% of the people who are not interrupted by their mobile phones once every 15 minutes - doesnt affect the argument in any manner if we read the option ;
C.Uses a coincidence to establish a causal relationship between two unrelated variables - there is no coincidence stated here ; what is given is pure facts
D.It assumes the converse of the relationship it established by the study to be true - Possible answer .
E.Takes a very myopic view of limited attention span. - clearly OOS ;

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M I missing something. Where is the question stem btw?

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16 Sep 2012, 03:37
Pansi wrote:
Many youngsters between the ages of 15-30 are suffering from limited attention span. A recent study has shown that 80% of these youngsters who have this disorder are interrupted by, the ringing or beeping of their mobile phones, once every in ten minutes. In all likelihood Robert, aged 24, has the limited attention span disorder because he attends to his mobile once every five minutes.

A.Fails to consider that there might be other causes for youngsters developing limited attention span disorder.
B.Does not take into account the probability that Robert might be among the 20% of the people who are not interrupted by their mobile phones once every 15 minutes
C.Uses a coincidence to establish a causal relationship between two unrelated variables
D.It assumes the converse of the relationship it established by the study to be true
E.Takes a very myopic view of limited attention span.

It is a typical cause n effect relationship. C= LAS n E= Interruption by phones.
Option D reverses the causal relationship: C= Mobile attention n E= LAS
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27 Sep 2014, 23:30
How could it be a Cause and Effect here? The question states that many youngsters 15-30 are facing LAS. These youngsters are interrupted by mobile every 10 mins, which does not mean that this interruption causes LAS.

And they have also explained that Rob has LAS as he is using mobile every 5 mins.

This seems like Rob's coincidence is used to support the previous explanation by setting a cause and effect relation.

So Option C should be right. Please let me know if I am wrong.

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30 Apr 2015, 07:02
Pansi wrote:
Many youngsters between the ages of 15-30 are suffering from limited attention span. A recent study has shown that 80% of these youngsters who have this disorder are interrupted by, the ringing or beeping of their mobile phones, once every in ten minutes. In all likelihood Robert, aged 24, has the limited attention span disorder because he attends to his mobile once every five minutes.

A.Fails to consider that there might be other causes for youngsters developing limited attention span disorder.
B.Does not take into account the probability that Robert might be among the 20% of the people who are not interrupted by their mobile phones once every 15 minutes
C.Uses a coincidence to establish a causal relationship between two unrelated variables
D.It assumes the converse of the relationship it established by the study to be true
E.Takes a very myopic view of limited attention span.

Hey,can anyone explain why C is not the correct answer as there in flaw in variables considered.

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22 May 2015, 11:23
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Pansi wrote:
Many youngsters between the ages of 15-30 are suffering from limited attention span. A recent study has shown that 80% of these youngsters who have this disorder are interrupted by, the ringing or beeping of their mobile phones, once every in ten minutes. In all likelihood Robert, aged 24, has the limited attention span disorder because he attends to his mobile once every five minutes.

A.Fails to consider that there might be other causes for youngsters developing limited attention span disorder.
B.Does not take into account the probability that Robert might be among the 20% of the people who are not interrupted by their mobile phones once every 15 minutes
C.Uses a coincidence to establish a causal relationship between two unrelated variables
D.It assumes the converse of the relationship it established by the study to be true
E.Takes a very myopic view of limited attention span.

Hey,can anyone explain why C is not the correct answer as there in flaw in variables considered.

Hi ssriva2!
I think that C is not correct for the following reason. C states that argument "uses a coincidence to establish a causal relationship between two unrelated variables". C doesn't establishes a causal relationship. It just says that people who suffer from limited span attention are interrupted by their mobile phones. And then argument makes a converse relation that if a person is interrupted by mobile beep then this person suffers from limited span attention. But this is not necessarily true. For example, Robert can attend his mobile every ten minutes because he is using it as a clocks=)).
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30 Apr 2016, 11:03
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Hi all..!!

M I missing something. Where is the question stem btw?

JackH Kudos added for pointing out. ( I have edited the post)

Here is my explanation for this problem -

15- 30 years

Ringing/beeping of phones evry 10 min ---> attention span disorder ( Cause -->Effect)

Robert, 24 years

Attention span disorder -----> attends mobile every five minutes. ( Effect -->Cause )

Hence IMHO with the OA (B)

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