Pet Peeve – Hasty Generalizations

23 Jan

You  know what drives me mad?  When a someone comes to a conclusion about a population based on a sample that is not large enough… aka Hasty Generalizations.

How many times have you heard the ever popular, “my mother drank through her pregnancy and I turned out just fine”.

Congratulations.  Lucky you.  Unfortunately, it is estimated that 9 out of every 1000 babies here in Canada are not so lucky and are born with FASD.

Most of the hasty generalizations I have heard lately are pregnancy and baby related.

“They didn’t have all those rules about what to eat  when I was pregnant, and my babies were born healthy”

“My mom smoked while pregnant with me and I don’t have any health problems”

“All of these fancy new safety things that you moms have… there were no standards when I was raising my kids and nothing went wrong.  You’re all paranoid, it’s unnecessary”.

“We never heard of peanut allergies when I was a kid, you brought what you wanted to school for lunch.  Now that they’ve made a big deal about it in schools more kids are ending up with it”

“I got the flu after having the flu shot… it doesn’t work.  You’re just pumping poison into your system for no reason”

Seriously people?
That’s all, just had to get it off my chest.  This blog was not created as a place for me to blow off steam, and I imagine today will be the only post of this kind.

2 Responses to “Pet Peeve – Hasty Generalizations”

  1. Pamela January 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    “I never wore a bike helmet… And I lived.” Yes, you did, but those who fell and had fatal head injuries are not here to say that….

    I hear these things all the time too Kelly. Society advances for good reason. Children also didn’t used to sit in car seats…

  2. Andrea January 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    I couldn’t agree with you more Kelly, it drives me nuts too! Why in the world would we not make changes to our lifestyles when given new information on how harmful things can be? I would rather err on the side of caution.

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