- A generalisation often makes an argument more forceful.
- It is a statement that's presented confidently as fact but doesn't give details.
- They often make an argument sound more forceful and convincing, when it's not actually all that accurate.
- They can be misleading - they often conveniently ignore facts that don't support them.
- Generalisations sometimes create unfair stereotypes - such as "foreign footballers are all cheats".
- Examples of generalisations
- Chips are bad for you - Although it's true that eating a lot of chip can be unhealthy, they are also ok now and again.
- Smokers trying to quit usually have more success if they use nicotine patches - This claim sounds convincing but there is no proof. These kind of generalisations are often used in adverts, to promote a…