Logical Fallacies

Logical Fallacies

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  • Parents Should Monitor Their Teens' Social Media
  • Ad Hominem: attacking the individual instead of the argument
  • You can't even say anything about monitoring your son's social media because you're a bad mother and a bad cook!
  • False Dilemma: presenting two options as the only two options while hiding alternatives.
  • The only two things you can do about controlling what she sees on her phone are throwing the phone away or putting her up for adoption.
  • Ad Populum: Taking advantage of people's’ needs to be liked and to fit in and uses that desire to get the audience to support an argument.
  • I'm having trouble knowing what my kid is seeing on social media...
  • You should just make them show you their accounts every week. I know about a hundred other parents that do that. You should try it out too.
  • Hasty Generalization: Making assumptions about a whole group or range of cases based on a sample that is inadequate.
  • We can determine that since some teenagers become depressed by social media, all teens that use social media must be depressed. This is why parents must monitor their teens' social media.
  • Cause and Effect: Assuming the effect is related to the cause because the events occur together.
  • Ever since Johnny got his own Instagram account the dog has been barking more. We need to do something.
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