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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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The assumption was that folks were "spending increasing amounts of FREE time on the computer. "

According to the survey, folks reported "increasing time spent per week" on computers.
--> The survey does not indicate whether folks spent increasing "free" time or "work" time per week on computers.

Hence, "E. Whether the survey respondentsâ€™ reports of time spent using computers included time spent using computers at work" would be more useful in evaluating the argument.
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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.
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IMO E

A. Whether a large majority of the survey respondents reported watching television
regularly
- No matter how many people reported in survey, because the result will not affected further.
B. Whether the amount of time spent watching television is declining among people
who report that they rarely or never use computers
- Never use comp is OOS
C. Whether the type of television programs a person watches tends to change as the
amount of time spent per week using computers increases
- Type of TV program is OOS
D. Whether a large majority of the computer owners in the survey reported spending
increasing amounts of time per week using computers
- Computer owner is OOS
E. Whether the survey respondents’ reports of time spent using computers included
time spent using computers at work
- Seems to be right answer. All those people who calculate time spent at work definitely underestimate the report’s result.
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If the assumption has to be false and the survey results do not lie, there should be somthing that should account for the increase in time spent per week using computers and no charge in time spent watching television.

I think (E) accounts for it and should help evaluate the argument.
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jatinrai wrote:
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 answer should be B.

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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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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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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When the argument says "free-time" it means time that is not spent on work.

Case1:

Let's say the year is 1998.

A person works at the office for 8 hours a day - 0 hours of this time is spent on the computer.
He returns home at 6 p.m, watches tv for three hours and goes to sleep at 9 pm.

Let's say the year is 2014.

A person works at the office for 8 hours a day - 6 hours of this time is spent on the computer.
He returns home at 6 p.m, watches tv for three hours and goes to sleep at 9 pm.

Time spent using computers has increased but free time to watch tv has not been affected.

Case 2:

Let's say the year is 2012.

A person works at the office for 8 hours a day - 6 hours of this time is spent on the computer.
He returns home at 6 p.m, watches tv for three hours and goes to sleep at 9 pm.

Let's say the year is 2014.

A person works at the office for 8 hours a day - 6 hours of this time is spent on the computer.
He returns home at 6 p.m, uses his free time on the computer for two hours and as a result has only one hour to watch tv before he can go to sleep at 9 pm..

Time spent using computers has increased and free time to watch tv has been affected.
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Many a people are pointing out BLATANTLY WRONG options, based on god knows what criteria.
FIRST understand the argument.
THEN understand the question.

WE have to evaluate the ARGUMENT. THE ONLY WAY TO CHOOSE A CORRECT OPTION IN EVALUATE AN ARGUMENT IS TO GET TWO POLARISING OPPOSITE ANSWERS WHEN WE ASK A COMMON QUESTION

The stimulus talks about FREE TIME -the time that a person spend time on computer and thus cannot afford to spend watching TV.
But surprisingly the person is doing both.
how can this be possible.
This can only be possible when he is taking into account the time he spends at work as the time spend on computers.

CURRENTLY IN THE SURVEY HE IS BEING ASKED ""DOES YOUR TV WATCHING TIME HAS DECREASED BECAUSE OF COMPUTER"?

OBVIOUSLY THE PERSON WILL SAY NO, BECAUSE HE IS INCLUDING HIS WORK TIME.

THE CORRECT QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ASKED IS "AFTER COMING HOME, DO YOU SPEND THE SAME TIME IN WATCHING TV AS YOU USED TO DO BEFORE COMPUTERS?"

Now if the person have a computer at home and uses it a lot,then he will say:- yeah man.. i don't watch tv anymore.. i surf and google and stuff.
Now if the person do not have a computer then he will say:- no man.. i watch the same programs , same time.. nothing changed.

THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO EVALUATE AN ARGUMENT. LEARN IT, UNDERSTAND IT AND USE IT. IT IS CALLED VARIANCE TEST.

SO the correct answer is E

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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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chunjuwu 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

Note: There are two questions available with the similar stimulus and same first line but different question. The other question (complete the argument) is discussed in: http://gmatclub.com/forum/the-growing-p ... 80846.html

Computer-based Activities

Step 1: Identify the Question

The words useful to determine and evaluate the argument in the question stem indicate that this is an Evaluate the Argument question.

Step 2: Deconstruct the Argument

Comp expctd →  < TV, since assumed not enough free time
© False! Survey: > comp but same TV!

(Note: the © symbol is one way to indicate the conclusion in your notes.)
The argument debunks an expectation: people aren’t replacing their TV time with more computer time. They’re watching the same amount of TV and increasing their computer time. (Perhaps they’re using both devices at the same time?)

Step 3: Pause and State the Goal

On Evaluate questions, each answer will be in the form of a question or a “whether x is true” statement. The correct answer will address an issue on which the argument hinges, depending on whether that statement is true: one way, the argument will be strengthened; the other way, the argument will be weakened.

Step 4: Work from Wrong to Right

(A) If a large majority do watch TV regularly, then the argument is not impacted one way or the other. Likewise, if a large majority do not watch TV regularly, the argument is not impacted. The argument does not depend on how regularly the respondents watched TV.
(B) People who don’t (or rarely) use computers are the wrong group of people to investigate. The argument is concerned with people who are using computers (and who are increasing their usage).
(C) If people watch the same kinds of programs, the argument is not impacted. If people watch different programs, the argument is not impacted. The argument does not depend upon the types of programs people watch.
(D) Even if a large majority kept increasing their computer usage week by week, the argument is not impacted; the respondents still reported spending the same amount of time watching TV each week.
(E) CORRECT. If the increase in computer usage is occurring at work, then this increase wouldn’t be expected to impact TV viewing during free time at home. This information would weaken the claim that the original assumption was false, since the assumption was based specifically on computer usage at home. If, on the other hand, respondents are using computers more at home, then the survey does strengthen the claim that the original assumption was false.
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I will go with (A).

(B) argument is not at all bothered for the ppl who dont or rarely use computers. OUT OF SCOPE.
(C) out of scope... type of programs
(D) touches only one part. what about time they spent in watching TV
(E) again out of scope

(A) finds a loophole in the argument and will help in evaluating it.
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The OA is E.

But could anybody explain more explicitly?

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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
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B or E.

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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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Its A.

If the survey talked to people who are not regular TV watchers, their watching times might not have changed by much. So it needs to include people who watches TV regularly and how computers are affecting their TV time.
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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 answer should be B.

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.
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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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