Stereotypes save time?
Ryan Bingham: [on getting through airport security] … Bingo, Asians. They pack light, travel efficiently, and they have a thing for slip on shoes. Gotta love 'em. Natalie Keener: That's racist. Ryan Bingham: I'm like my mother, I stereotype. It's faster. - Up In The Air movie
Yeah... stereotypes are faster. And much as we love to deny it, we stereotype. In fact, we do it so much such that we don’t even call it stereotyping. And one area driven so much by stereotypes is dating.
‘Why waste time on a ... on an online dating site? They are all scammers, right?’ ‘She is such a wonderful chick. Not good enough for a girlfriend coz she’s white and white chicks are …’ ‘This is the kind of man I could get behind if only he were ...’
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Pretty fast huh! They save us so much time. I mean, why waste your time on a relationship with …! Because of our stereotyping, we weed out potential mates. In the process, we weed out ‘the one’ and spend the rest of our lives searching and searching only to end up settling coz we are running out of time… because once upon a time, you stereotyped about that sweet guy… that chic who finished your sentences…
While stereotyping, you saved time. You saved yourself the trouble of finding out if that relationship would have worked or not.
Question is: Are these stereotypes based on some measure of truth? Are we really saving time or limiting ourselves and squandering opportunities?
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