We go through our everyday life being stereotyped and stereotyping others. So what is a stereotype? A stereotype is a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.
Many teens go through their life stereotyping people and being stereotyped by friends, family, and even random strangers. There are many different types out there that are associated with teens. Even though you think that you’re not being stereotyped, chances are you are being stereotyped you just might not know.
When we stereotype, conclusions are being drawn on entire groups of people based on common assumptions. Stereotyping often leads to a miscommunication between people. When people stereotype they are judging people by the way they carry themselves. Basically they are judging the book by its cover.
When asked why do you think people stereotype, Nina Fly responded with “Maybe because they need self-esteem, so by stereotyping people it makes them feel better about themselves.” Another anonymous person said “I think that people stereotype because they feel that everybody and everything needs a label.”
Although stereotypes will probably be around for a very long time there are ways to combat stereotypes. One way to combat stereotypes is to expose yourself to new experiences. Another way to minimize the amount of stereotypes is to realizes that you have those biases.
Just because people do something that you don’t do or carry themselves in a different way then you doesn’t mean you should stereotype them. Everybody and everything does not need a label. Stereotyping people is very dangerous and harmful. If we go through our life being stereotyped it can really take a toll on our self-esteem and our mental health. So lets not go through our life stereotyping people.