How does generalizing affect society?
Generalizations create a lot of strong opinions that are passed down generationally. Because of this, it stifles freedom of speech because people that don’t agree with established generalizations are scared to freely express their opinion as they’ll be judged or considered an outcast. The generalizations in society differ based on demographic, cultural influences, and social economic structures. For example, people living in Amsterdam and using recreational drugs are not judged nearly as much as compared to people in other places where use of recreational drugs is still illegal .
Basic human right and equality can also be compromised based on generalizations that are prevalent in respective societies. For example, women in Saudi Arabia were not allowed to drive until Juin, 2018 . In addition, generalizing/categorizing certain groups of people as having the same characteristics can be very damaging and lead to mistreatment.
It also slows development in society because regressive opinions and generalizations prevent progression. For instance, gender equality is important for economic growth, and countries like Afghanistan have suffered due to Afghan women not receiving opportunities for education and employment .