QUESTION TYPE: Necessary Assumption
CONCLUSION: An all-consuming hobby is not a successful strategy to get over loneliness as a teenager.
REASONING: Sometimes shy adolescents can make friends through a hobby. But if they lost interest in the hobby then they might get even lonelier.
ANALYSIS: This argument isn’t quite good. We don’t know what happens once a teenager drops a hobby and gets lonelier. Maybe they go and make new friends in a bit. Having a hobby might have taught them how to meet people.
- Even if adolescents don’t want more friends they may still lose the friends they have if they abandon the hobby.
- CORRECT. If a successful strategy for getting past loneliness can intensity that loneliness then perhaps a hobby can be a successful strategy even though it could make you lonelier.
- It doesn’t matter what adolescents do if they don’t make any friends from a hobby. The strategy has failed in that case.
- This doesn’t have to be true. Perhaps no strategy is successful.
- It doesn’t matter why teenagers start hobbies. The question is: will the hobbies help them make friends?
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