Are you generalizing it correctly ?

Premise  Every Indian I met ( around 10 from XYZ state ) was creepy & disrespectful towards women.

Conclusion/Generalization: So I conclude that every Indian is creepy & disrespects women.

This is the classic case of hasty generalization.

Because 1) The sample is too small (India has 1.2 billion people)

2)  There is no variety (29 states in India) (states, ages , background  …etc)

Therefore, next time when you generalize something ask yourself following questions:

  1.  How large is a sample size?
  2.  How much variety is there in a sample ?


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