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Critical Reasoning: Conclusion Strengthening Questions

Internet social networks allow people to interact by chatting or by sending messages, photos, or videos. This form of communication presents solutions to a number of problems and provides us with yet another way to stay in contact, but it cannot replace face-to-face social interaction. Clearly, a trend towards communicating through technology instead of face-to-face will have a negative outcome for society.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the author's conclusion?

Incorrect.

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Since the argument does not involve the financial aspect of Internet communication, this answer choice neither supports nor weakens the conclusion.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice is irrelevant to the argument. The fact that there will be more methods of Internet communication does not support or weaken the conclusion.

Incorrect.

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By providing a positive example of the capabilities of Internet communication, this answer choice weakens the conclusion. Remember, you are looking for a statement that supports it.

Incorrect.

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By providing a positive example of the capabilities of Internet communication, this answer choice weakens the conclusion. Remember, you are looking for a statement that supports it.

Great!

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By providing a specific example of a negative effect Internet communication might have, this answer choice supports the conclusion that such communication will have a negative effect on society.

If managed correctly, social networks based on Internet communication can be very profitable businesses.
Overly frequent use of internet communication methods can result in an indifference to people towards one's actual surroundings.
As technology progresses, the number of methods of communication through the Internet increases.
Internet communication allows people that are physically immobile to communicate with the outside world.
Social networks provide channels through which family and friends can communicate while being separated by long distances.