Bandwagon Examples


Bandwagon is a type of logical fallacy-an argument based on reasoning that is unsound. Bandwagon argues that one must accept or reject an argument because of everyone else who accepts it or rejects it-similar to peer pressure.

Examples of Bandwagon:

1. You believe that those who receive welfare should submit to a drug test, but your friends tell you that idea is crazy and they don't accept it. You decide to change your position based on their beliefs.

2. Katie likes to read and would rather do that than play sports. Her friends make fun of her and tell her that reading is for nerds. Katie stops reading so much and starts to play sports more.

3. Marcus wants to go to a small community college close to home, but most of the kids in his class are applying to larger colleges out of state. Marcus decides that he should also apply to those colleges.

4. Marie notices that many of her friends have started eating a low-carb diet and drinking protein shakes. Marie decides that this must be the healthy way to eat, so she joins them.

5. Cathy is opposed to social media because she would rather have a face-to-face conversation. However, more and more of Cathy's friends have joined social media sites, so Cathy feels like she needs to create an account as well.

6. Ian was raised in a Christian home. When Ian goes to college, many of the students do not believe in Jesus and do not attend church. Ian begins to doubt his faith because of his new friends' lack of faith.

7. During the obstacle course, Tanner believes that going left will get them out of the maze, but everyone else thinks they should go right. So, Tanner goes with the group.

8. Commercial argues that "everyone" likes a specific brand of dessert.

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