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Q: Although stereotyping generally has a negative connotation, it could help us in some ways. When is stereotyping not negative?
A: Stereotyping is often based on statistical discrimination: Making assumptions about what an individual may be like based on the characteristics of a group they belong to. [ While it may at times be unfair to the individuals who are stereotyped, it can lead to efficiencies overall that would not be possible without such stereotyping. Often the information about any single individual is either not
available or too difficult or expensive to obtain. Stereotyping allows someone to make decisions with some accuracy based on easy to access information. Health risk is a great example. We screen people for certain ailments or problems that would not be practical to do to everyone based on their stereotype, such as age. As a result many conditions are identified and treated that would not otherwise be. Insurance companies stereotype all the time which allows them to more accurately assess their financial risk. ]
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