What is a stereotype?
A stereotype is an assumption of a particular type of person or a thing. Stereotype can be an assumption on their behaviour, their image, their personality and so on. For example when you think of a cheerleader, most people would imagine a popular pretty girl with blond hair and small figure. This is a stereotype of a cheerleader. However in reality, there are many cheerleader that does not have blond hair, nor small figure. Therefore, a stereotype is not necessarily true but sometimes it can be true.
When are stereotypes useful?
Stereotypes can be useful in any ways. If you were walking on your own around the city and you get called by some stranger, you can use stereotype to decide if he is dangerous or not. If he looked like a stereotype of a dangerous person, you should not interact with them. Also, if you are new to school and have to start make friends, you can use stereotype. For example you can look at people’s clothing, their posture, the way they talk and so on, to see who you want to be friends with. I have done this many times already and sometimes it works but sometimes don’t. So, stereotype can be useful from time to time.
Can you judge a book by its cover?
Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover but sometimes don’t. Some books might just have a bad cover but a very good story. Some books might have a very good cover but a bad story. For example, I personally thought that the cover of the book ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien was boring but the story was really good and exciting. This can be said for people too. People might look wired on the outside but could be a type of person you never though he/she would be. I don’t think it is good to judge people by appearance and avoid them if you don’t even know what type of person they are. However there are some exceptions though.