XAT 2011 Question 15

Question 15

Media are not just passive channels of information. Not only do they supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought. And what the internet seems to be doing is chipping away our capacity for concentration. Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument presented above?

Solution

The argument is that the internet is affecting our ability to concentrate in a negative way. Hence, any activity which requires a certain amount of concentration might increasingly become difficult to pull off for average humans. This gets strengthened if it gets seen that more people have started falling asleep while reading printed books, traditionally an activity which requires a good amount of concentration/attention span. Falling asleep when doing the task is symptomatic of lack of required concentration. 



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