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# Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby

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29 Jan 2015, 02:38
Looks like B to me. Negate B :
There may be some successful strategy which aggravates loneliness => the above strategy can also be successful => Arg falls apart.
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24 Mar 2015, 06:18
C or D is most suitable for this answer
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07 Apr 2015, 09:20
its been 4 years and the owner of the post never cared to post official answer.
imo D .
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27 Jun 2016, 23:20
I think the answer is C. If negate C, Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies. So, hobbies is good for adolescents
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04 Jul 2016, 05:29
I go for B.

Since the conclusion states that developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness because loneliness may be exacerbated if the interest in that hobby is lost, the author assumes that if there is a successful strategy, it will not intensify loneliness.

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04 Jul 2016, 09:54
srushtisanghavi3 wrote:
I go for B.

Since the conclusion states that developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness because loneliness may be exacerbated if the interest in that hobby is lost, the author assumes that if there is a successful strategy, it will not intensify loneliness.

Dear srushtisanghavi3, IMO B is wrong

(B) No successful strategy fro overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.

Extreme word "No" pointed to all strategy,but the argument sticked to mention one strategy only.So,I got this Choice as an incorrect option

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20. Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated.So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

(D) Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful than is developing an all-consuming hobby.

Here,the tone of the Conclusion(highlighted) of the argument indicated the possibility of the presence of other successful strategy that author assumed.

Correct me if I missed any point.
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04 Jul 2016, 10:19
D looks more promising because if there is no other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness than the conclusion will not hold true.
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04 Jul 2016, 23:23
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20. Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

Which one of the following assumptions does the argument depend on?
(A) Eventually, shy adolescents are going to want a wider circle of friends than is provided by their hobby.
(B) No successful strategy fro overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.
(C) Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies.
(D) Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful than is developing an all-consuming hobby.
(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends.

I will go with E. Cause Shy Adolescents make friends because they want to avoid loneliness
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01 Sep 2016, 22:47
i actually attempted this q wrong but after careful consideration realised that option b is correct. as conclusion says developing an all consuming hobby is not a successful strategy to overcome adolescent loneliness. this conclusion is based on assumption that if a strategy is succesful it will not intesify loneliness. i hope it is clear.
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25 Jan 2018, 10:24

I feel it should be C.
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I feel it should be C.

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Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

Which one of the following assumptions does the argument depend on?
(A) Eventually, shy adolescents are going to want a wider circle of friends than is provided by their hobby.
(B) No successful strategy fro overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.
(C) Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies.
(D) Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful than is developing an all-consuming hobby.
(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends.

The author concludes that "developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness." How does the author arrive at that conclusion?

• If an adolescent is shy, his/her shyness can cause loneliness.
• To distract themselves from the loneliness, shy adolescents often immerse themselves in an all-consuming hobby.
• Sometimes, those adolescents meet others who share the same hobby and develop friendships with those other people.
• For example, two shy adolescents might become friends because they both enjoy playing the same video game.

But what if those adolescents lose interest in the hobby?

• The friendship between the two shy adolescents, for example, was based on enjoying the same video game.
• If one person no longer enjoys that video game, the friendship will likely fall apart.
• Now the shy adolescents will feel lonely again... maybe even more so than before because they had a friend and lost him/her.
• In other words, the loneliness can be exacerbated, or intensified.

So developing an all-consuming hobby can certainly intensify the adolescents' loneliness. Because of this, the author concludes that developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

But does the fact that the strategy might intensify the adolescent's loneliness mean that the strategy will not help the adolescent overcome the loneliness?

• What if the intense loneliness actually helps the adolescent overcome the loneliness?
• For example, maybe the intensified loneliness was so bad that it motivates the adolescent to face his/her shyness and try to talk to more people.
• In that case, a strategy that intensified the loneliness could also help overcome the loneliness.
• This example would expose a flaw in the argument.
• Choice (B) eliminates this possibility, so it is a required assumption.

Choice (C) talks about what happens if the adolescents do NOT make friends through that hobby.

• Perhaps the adolescents won't lose interest if they don't make any friends through that hobby.
• In that case, they would remain distracted from their loneliness, but they will not overcome their loneliness.
• More importantly, the argument focuses on what happens when they DO make friends through the hobby.
• The hypothetical situation described in choice (C) does not NEED to be true for the argument to hold. Eliminate (C).

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30 Jan 2018, 06:05
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DhruvPatelD10 wrote:

I feel it should be C.

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Shy adolescents often devote themselves totally to a hobby to help distract them from the loneliness brought on by their shyness. Sometimes they are able to become friends with others who share their hobby. But if they lose interest in that hobby, their loneliness may be exacerbated. So developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

Which one of the following assumptions does the argument depend on?
(A) Eventually, shy adolescents are going to want a wider circle of friends than is provided by their hobby.
(B) No successful strategy fro overcoming adolescent loneliness ever intensifies that loneliness.
(C) Shy adolescents will lose interest in their hobbies if they do not make friends through their engagement in those hobbies.
(D) Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful than is developing an all-consuming hobby.
(E) Shy adolescents devote themselves to hobbies mainly because they want to make friends.

The author concludes that "developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness." How does the author arrive at that conclusion?

• If an adolescent is shy, his/her shyness can cause loneliness.
• To distract themselves from the loneliness, shy adolescents often immerse themselves in an all-consuming hobby.
• Sometimes, those adolescents meet others who share the same hobby and develop friendships with those other people.
• For example, two shy adolescents might become friends because they both enjoy playing the same video game.

But what if those adolescents lose interest in the hobby?

• The friendship between the two shy adolescents, for example, was based on enjoying the same video game.
• If one person no longer enjoys that video game, the friendship will likely fall apart.
• Now the shy adolescents will feel lonely again... maybe even more so than before because they had a friend and lost him/her.
• In other words, the loneliness can be exacerbated, or intensified.

So developing an all-consuming hobby can certainly intensify the adolescents' loneliness. Because of this, the author concludes that developing an all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness.

But does the fact that the strategy might intensify the adolescent's loneliness mean that the strategy will not help the adolescent overcome the loneliness?

• What if the intense loneliness actually helps the adolescent overcome the loneliness?
• For example, maybe the intensified loneliness was so bad that it motivates the adolescent to face his/her shyness and try to talk to more people.
• In that case, a strategy that intensified the loneliness could also help overcome the loneliness.
• This example would expose a flaw in the argument.
• Choice (B) eliminates this possibility, so it is a required assumption.

Choice (C) talks about what happens if the adolescents do NOT make friends through that hobby.

• Perhaps the adolescents won't lose interest if they don't make any friends through that hobby.
• In that case, they would remain distracted from their loneliness, but they will not overcome their loneliness.
• More importantly, the argument focuses on what happens when they DO make friends through the hobby.
• The hypothetical situation described in choice (C) does not NEED to be true for the argument to hold. Eliminate (C).

I get it now. Thanks a lot for help
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04 Feb 2018, 10:09
For me it is E, author assumes that shy individual develop hobby only to make friends.
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04 Feb 2018, 21:43
What does the argument depend on?

From the given options Option A is wrong because nowhere is it mentioned that a need for wider circle is there
Option B is wrong because it clearly states that loss in hobby can result loss in friends.
Option C and E is wrong because the first line says that shy kids want a hobby because they are lonely, not because they want friends, friends is just added to the benefit.
Option D = Some other strategy for overcoming adolescent loneliness is generally more successful than is developing an all-consuming hobby. is mentio0ned and the only option remaining. Please let me know if the logic seems correct.
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18 Feb 2018, 05:20
OFFICIAL ANSWER IS B, RATHER THAN D.

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18 Feb 2018, 21:17
I think the answer is A. You made few friends while pursuing a hobby. This friend circle is not enough during adolescent Loneliness as you need broader circle of friends

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22 Feb 2018, 09:09
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Please change the OA from D to B. The OA is B and the person who posted this question posted the OA as D. Please see the following link for more proof. This question is taken directly from Manhattan Logical Reasoning book!

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23 Feb 2018, 21:18
In the line "if they lose interest.." . whom does "they" refer to? the shy kids starting the hobby or the new friends?
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