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# The growing popularity of computer-based activities was widely predict

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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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Originally posted by AndersonBound on 13 Jul 2009, 22:00.
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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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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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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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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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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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I am totally convinced with C.
But, I cannot understand why E is not true.
According to the question we have to find an option that deny the reasoning that computer viewing tends to reduce tv viewing . So, if people work on comp just to save time for them to watch tv, this option strongly denies the reasoning and so E is the right option.

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F1: view that spending more time on Computer Based Activities leads to lesser TV viewing
F2: Computer owners spend lesser time viewing TV than non computer owners
F3: owning computers doesn't necessarily lead to lesser TV viewing because .....

we need something which compares computer owners and non owners and explains why owning a computer will not lead to lesser TV viewing

A - wrong reverse causation. OUT
B - some vs many. Not good enough.
C - Sites diff between computer owners and non owners. HOLD
D - doesn't compare computer owners with non owners. OUT
E - doesn't compare computer owners with non owners. OUT

C is the best option!

AndersonBound wrote:
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.

Note: There are two questions available with the similar stimulus and same first line but different question. The other question (evaluate the argument) is discussed in: the-growing-popularity-of-computer-based-activities-was-q1-13225.html

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All you have to do is to tell why this study should not the believed.
You do not even have to use your brains to get the correct option.
just add option C at the end and read the entire argument again.
The validity, cogency and strength of the argument is best as compared to all other options.
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 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.

Make sense :- those people who have computer were never really a fan of watching TV, so even if the study say that computer owner watch less TV, this fact does nothing to prove anything. It is known from the start that computer owners are not tv watchers.

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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.

Note: There are two questions available with the similar stimulus and same first line but different question. The other question (evaluate the argument) is discussed in: the-growing-popularity-of-computer-based-activities-was-q1-13225.html

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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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Lets say computer activity = C
and television time = T
The argument tries to establish the fact $$increased C$$ -------> $$decreased T$$. But then it tells that there is infact little evidence to show this relation between the two (computer activity and television time) because ______

Now which is the best option that tells us that there is indeed no relation between increased $$C$$ and decreased $$T$$ ? It's clearly option C.
Option C tells us there is some other reason (demographic) - people of the US who own computers are just accustomed to spending less time watching television.

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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. doesn't impact the main theory here, that computer use can reduce TV viewing time. We are interested in people who watch TV and see that amount of time shrinking due to computer usage -- we don't care about people who don't watch TV
(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. Not the best answer. "Most" computer owners can be 99% or can be 51% and "some" is also not specific. We can't link either activity to one another.
(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. If computer owners are already part of a demographic who watch less TV, then their usage of computers does NOT impact the overall trend of reduced TV consumption. HOWEVER, if computer owners are NOT part of this group, then computer usage may be cause to blame for less TV viewing
(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. leisure time can be spent elsewhere, not necessarily on TV. could be spent outside fishing, playing sports, etc.
(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. we don't care what people use computers for

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Could anyone correct my logic?

I chose D.
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For the reason that the 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.

So if they are not watching tv some other reason is there i.e. other than computer use because of which they are not interested in watching television.
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Hi mikemcgarry,

Please explain as to why (D) or (E) is wrong.
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Could anyone correct my logic?

I chose D.
chesstitans

For the reason that the 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.

So if they are not watching tv some other reason is there i.e. other than computer use because of which they are not interested in watching television.

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Hi mikemcgarry,

Please explain as to why (D) or (E) is wrong.

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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.

We are told that people who own computers watch significantly less television than people who do not own computers. But does that mean that computer use tends to REDUCE television viewing time? According to the author, it does not.

In other words, the author's conclusion is that the findings from the study do "very little to show that computer use tends to reduce television viewing time." We need an answer choice that supports this conclusion:

Quote:
(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.

Choice (D) tells us that the computer users are not interested in watching television. But would those people be MORE interested in watching television if they did not own computers? Perhaps they would not, and that would support the author's point of view. But perhaps they WOULD watch more television if they did not own computers, and that would go against the author's argument.

Choice (D) may or may not support the author's conclusion, so it is not the best answer.

Quote:
(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.

Choice (E) suggests that computer use leaves more time for television watching. But we already know that people with computers watch less television that people without computers.

Sure, (E) suggests that computer users would have less time for television if their computers were taken away. But we have no way of knowing whether computer owners would actually watch more or less television if their computers were taken away.

If people with computers watch less television, why can't we conclude that computer use tends to reduce television watching time? Choice (E) does not answer this question, so it should be eliminated.

Quote:
(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.

Choice (C), on the other hand, does answer this question. (C) tells us that computer owners belong to a group that spends less time watching television. So these people have always watched less television. It just so happens that these people also tend to own computers, but computer use did not cause them to watch less television. They've always watched less television, so the finding is not related to the growing popularity of computer-based activities.

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GMATNinja, Could you please explain why A is irrelevant?
The conclusion states that computer use tends to reduce television viewing time. So when computer use occurs(cause), then people watch less television(effect).
We should weaken this conclusion.
I think A weakens the conclusion by showing that when cause does not occur, effect occurs.
What did I miss?
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GMATNinja, Could you please explain why A is irrelevant?
The conclusion states that computer use tends to reduce television viewing time. So when computer use occurs(cause), then people watch less television(effect).
We should weaken this conclusion.
I think A weakens the conclusion by showing that when cause does not occur, effect occurs.
What did I miss?

Hi UkrHurricane, I want to share my thoughts.
the conclusion is that the reduce television is because of the computer use,
A says those who watch little or no television do not own a computer, it does not show "reduce" in conclusion.
So i think it is not correct.

If you have any more ideas, please share, i am glad to discuss with you.

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