In the 21 st century, people have been seeking information from social media outlets
due to technological advancements. However, these platforms' role is to disseminate
information and leaving the audience to determine whether it is true or false. Despite
these, many people take social media information at face value, creating and developing
many fallacies. Subsequently, people are applying wrong, satirized, or fake information to
reason and base their arguments or conclusions hence coming up with a fallacy. Primarily
among the many fallacies that exist is the hasty generalization. A conclusion is founded on
insufficient or biased evidence to create a conclusion, alias jumping into a conclusion.
Moreover, how it is formed and how we can avoid such a fallacy is very important.
Additionally, hasty generalization fallacies are created in many ways in our daily
lives, such as using a particular thing or idea to generalize. Equally, an individual will
use a small sample to generalize a whole population. As a result, a judgment is
reached based on one of a few occurrences or experiences. Moreover, stereotypic
thinking helps us to form hasty generalization fallacies (Muniz & Michael, 355). For
instance, all African Americans are illegal immigrants is a fallacy based on white
supremacy. Besides, a hasty generalization is made from insufficient information.
Furthermore, it is made in haste, and little time is used to gather enough information
to base the judgment (Muniz & Michael, 355). Equally important, such a fallacy can
originate from inadequate samples, biased and wrong generalizations, and
conclusions made in haste.
In conclusion, a hasty generalization fallacy is wrong and avoidable by actively
and logically analyzing information and checking for sources' legitimacy. Moreover,
it is vital that people seek both sides of a story the supporting and opposing
information. A thorough investigation is essential because everything in life has two
sides, and make a well-informed conclusion must be based on substantial evidence
(Howard & Jonathan, 222). Consequentially the society should avoid having
stereotypic beliefs and take time to evaluate and make conclusions. When taking
samples, it should be diverse and sufficient to make a conclusive judgment.
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Howard, Jonathan. "Hasty Generalization, Survival Bias, Special Pleading, and Burden of
Proof." Cognitive Errors and Diagnostic Mistakes. Springer, Cham, 2019. 211-246.