Whether here on myLot or elsewhere beware of generalizing

United States
February 8, 2016 11:28am CST
If I were to say: * Men are silly. * Kids are noisy * Writing sites are dis-honest Those are generalizations and that can get you in trouble. If you know that a few men are silly, then phrase it correctly. * Some men are silly. * Some kids are noisy. * A few writing sites are not honest. If I were to say, "There is a gas station on every corner in the US." Although it may seem like it is where you live, we all don't live in cities. If I were to say, "We all lower our thermostats to save money." Not everyone does. Or, "Everyone loves chocolate." Hum, I know there are people who do not like it at all. I have generalized a few times and once I was called out doing so. I like to try my best not to do that any longer.
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@Mike197602 (11237)
• Worcester, England
8 Feb 16
generalising isn't a great idea but we've all done it at one time or another and I don't see it as a big deal. Sometimes I'll call someone on it, other times I don't bother.
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• United States
9 Feb 16
It was stuck in my crawl today after reading three discussions that stated generalizations that hit home with me.
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@Mike197602 (11237)
• Worcester, England
9 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill I get the same way. see something a bit annoying once and that's ok but when the same thing is repeated it can get very wearing. I think generalising is something people do but often don't realise they're doing it so getting called on it once in a while is good. Like I should really have said above it's something "some" people do...if I got called on that I'd accept it as they'd be right but it's a relatively small generalisation so I may not appreciate it much
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@LadyDuck (76194)
• Switzerland
8 Feb 16
I think I am guilty of having generalized sometimes, but I usually pay attention not to, mainly not to offend people.
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• United States
8 Feb 16
I don't remember you doing it.
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@LadyDuck (76194)
• Switzerland
8 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill I do not remember either, but it is possible I generalized in one or two occasions.
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@whiteream (3604)
• United States
10 Feb 16
I know, I have done it, I will have to be more careful
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@allknowing (45804)
• India
9 Feb 16
Everyone seems to be advising the myLot community these days
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@Mike197602 (11237)
• Worcester, England
9 Feb 16
advice is good. People should listen and apply any advice...if they find the advice is rubbish then they should ignore the giver Personally I take advice from anyone but regarding this site less than 5 people I'd take advice from.
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• United States
9 Feb 16
@allknowing - myLot is a hot topic at myLot...
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• United States
9 Feb 16
@Mike197602 Now I have to ask, how is my advice - did I make your top 5? Maybe I shouldn't ask LOL.
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@slund2041 (3563)
• United States
8 Feb 16
I am bad about this too. I need to stop generalizing so much. It is hard to get out of that habit though.
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• United States
8 Feb 16
It takes a little proof reading...then you see it.
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@slund2041 (3563)
• United States
8 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill I think I have been generalizing this morning when writing about young people in today's world. I do not mean all young people are bad, but it seems most have gone on a downward spiral. I try hard not to make a lot of blanket statements though.
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@jstory07 (43452)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Feb 16
I try very hard not to do that.
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• United States
8 Feb 16
I've never seen you do it.
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@MALUSE (19358)
• Germany
8 Feb 16
It's human to think what I know is correct. With advancing age one should realise, though, that not all people are alike and that other people may see things differently.
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• United States
8 Feb 16
Seeing things differently is not what I'm talking about. Can you truly say that all men are silly? Can you? Nope.
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@MALUSE (19358)
• Germany
8 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill I've read your post from beginning to end and have understood it but when I started writing my comment, my thoughts drifted into a different direction. I hope you can excuse this. :-)
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• United States
8 Feb 16
@MALUSE No problem.
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• United States
8 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill this is absolutely good advice.
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• United States
9 Feb 16
Well, thanks Han.
@Asylum (39638)
• Manchester, England
8 Feb 16
Everyone will agree with you about this.
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• United States
8 Feb 16
You included LOL!!!???
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@Corbin5 (43732)
• United States
8 Feb 16
I have been know to generalize too. I often have to go back and check to see if I have done so and then make the necessary changes. Thanks for the reminder. So easy to forget about that boo-boo!
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• United States
8 Feb 16
Don't cry, there is no firing squad!!
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• Philippines
9 Feb 16
True. We should be more aware to put qualifiers and quantiiers
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• United States
9 Feb 16
Good way to put it, thanks."qualifiers and quantiiers :
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• Philippines
9 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill whoops should have been quantifiers
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• United States
9 Feb 16
@nottoooldtowrite I wasn't looking for errors...LOL don't worry.
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@Jessicalynnt (44480)
• Centralia, Missouri
9 Feb 16
we all do this (hahaha I generalized), let me try again, I know I do this, and suspect many also do this now and then as well.
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• United States
9 Feb 16
I knew you would say we all do it....LOL, you didn't let me down.
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• Centralia, Missouri
9 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill I totally couldn't help myself
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• United States
9 Feb 16
@Jessicalynnt Temptation ......
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@valmnz (10716)
• New Zealand
9 Feb 16
You are so correct. I think we're all guilty of generalising at some time, according to our own experience.
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• United States
9 Feb 16
Yes we are and I do try not to, but if were to look back...I'd probably find that I did it.
@valmnz (10716)
• New Zealand
10 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill none of us are perfect
@celticeagle (93322)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Feb 16
I have learned over the years to go back and go over some of my 'generalizations'. I do want to be fair.
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• United States
9 Feb 16
That's what more should do.
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@celticeagle (93322)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill ....People don't seem to edit their work in a lot of cases.
@CoralLevang (14105)
• United States
14 Feb 16
Generally speaking, I think we are all generally capable as well as guilty of generalizing in a general sort of way. I'm sure that you agree, generally. :-p
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• United States
14 Feb 16
Or not...LOL but in general, maybe.
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• Brandon, Florida
9 Feb 16
I totally agree. People may not realize what they are doing, but I think generalizations can really shape how others look at a group of people... I mean racism, sexism, man-bashing, female-ridicule... all examples of what can grow out of generalized thinking.
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• United States
9 Feb 16
Very true and much is done unintentionally.
@Jackalyn (3915)
• Oxford, England
9 Feb 16
This is so true. Tge other day I calked someone telling a group of people what English Christians do in church. Apparently we do not dance. I know plenty who do. I was amazed at how annoyed I felt. Stereotyping is always wring.
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• United States
9 Feb 16
Yes, stereotyping is generalizing and should be worded more carefully too.
@PatZAnthony (6389)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
9 Feb 16
It seems to be that way with many people and you are right-thinking or commenting in generalities can really cause some issues!
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• United States
9 Feb 16
Some people get very offended about being lumped into a certain group.
@JudyEv (66520)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb 16
Occasionally I generalise but mostly I try to be careful not to, especially in discussions.
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• United States
9 Feb 16
I think most of us try to avoid it - see how general that was.
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@jaboUK (44657)
• United Kingdom
8 Feb 16
There is a tendency to think that if something applies to one thing it applies to all, so you are right, we shouldn't lump everything together.
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• United States
9 Feb 16
Thank you, I appreciate that.
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@cintol (689)
• United States
8 Feb 16
I think when some people write they just don't think about it and sometimes that can become a problem.
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• United States
8 Feb 16
Some might not think there is a difference.
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