stereotypes cannot be and should not be avoided, they are there for a reason. however, stereotypes should not be used as a lazy excuse to “write off” any person into a defined category.
advanced societies (as bench-marked against financial and tech advances) make the huge mistake of trying to ignore… stereotypes – in order to be politically correct.
stereotypes helps up quickly “categorize” and “sort” information. the problem with stereotypes is that they are (1) constantly out dated and need to be updated (2) apply only to general description of a group and not to individuals
Hence, again use stereotypes with a caveat – they only act as a cultural guide for 1st encounters and introductions, not for writing off people totally.