Inductive Reasoning Discussion One

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InductiveReasoning Discussion One

InductiveReasoning Discussion One

P1:Social media enables people to share ideas with strangers.

P2:Social media has fastened the manner in which information spreadsfrom the source to the recipient.

Conclusion:Therefore, it is evident that social media enhances interpersonalrelationships because it allows people to remain connected.

Thenew standard argument

P1:According to Pew Research Center (2015), 57 % of teens have made newfriends online.

P2: Studies have confirmed that all technology-aided communications arefaster compared to face-to-face interactions, particularly when manypeople are involved.

Conclusion:It is evident that social media enhances interpersonal relationshipssince it brings together strangers and ensures that informationspread faster from the sender to the recipient.

Inthe first argument, the premises are weak because they lack evidenceto support the different claims they make. For instance, one may addthe premise that “scientists who have studied human interactionhave found that people do not prefer sharing ideas with strangers.”If such a premise is added, the claims made by the argument will beweakened. Hence, the only way to make the argument stronger is byadding more claims in the premises. To strengthen premise one, anindividual must add more information that further convinces theaudience that indeed social media enables people to meet and shareideas with strangers. This can be achieved by including some credibleresearch findings. If 57 % of the people have made new friendsonline, it is evident that social media enhances interpersonalrelationships. To strengthen premise 2, one needs to add moreconvincing information. Social media relies on technology to conveymessages from the sender to recipient. If studies have confirmed thatall technology-aided communications are faster, then social mediamust be faster too.

Tosum up, an argument can be strengthened by adding more claims in thepremises or by developing a weaker conclusion.


PewResearch Center. (2015). 57% of teens have made new friends online.Accessed on March 30, 2017.