Misleading Vividness Examples

Misleading Vividness

When we use faulty logic to make an argument, we have engaged in a logical fallacy. One type of logical fallacy is misleading vividness. When someone uses a small number of dramatic events to claim that something is more prevalent than it actually is based on statistics, they have used misleading vividness. Sometimes, this type of fallacy is also called "anecdotal" fallacy. This means that the argument is based more on personal stories rather than statistics and research.

Examples of Misleading Vividness:

1. Cora saw a huge cockroach in the girls' bathroom. Whitney also saw a huge cockroach in the girls' bathroom. Our school is invested with roaches.

2. Mrs. Pope is a first year teacher. In her class, she has a student who is homeless and is living with a family in his church. She also has a student who is in foster care because her parents are on drugs. Mrs. Pope concludes that the American family is falling apart.

3. We have had four days of temperatures that were 100 degrees or more! Global warming is getting dramatically worse!

4. My friend Jenna was involved in a car accident last night on Hightower Road. My cousin Greg was involved in a car accident a year ago in the same place. The county has to do something about that dangerous spot!

5. Pam wants to buy a new vacuum cleaner. Her friend Margo tells her not to buy Brand X because she bought that one and it didn't last a month until it just stopped running. Pam says she will definitely not buy Brand X.

6. Taylor was new at Baily Middle School, and he had a terrible first day. When another new student shows up, Trent, Taylor tells him that the school is awful and no one likes new students.

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