This argument tries to make a person believe that everyone else is doing or believing something, so he should also. Instead of making a decision based on his own research or opinion, he is tempted to agree because of social pressure and not wanting to appear different from everyone else.
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NB: The goal of the "jump on the bandwagon" argument is to convince someone that they should join in something that everyone else is doing or believing. The problem is not that what is being promoted is a bad idea (though that is always possible), but rather that someone should join in simply because it is popular at the time. The proposal should be judged on its own merits and not depend upon how many people are engaged. That is a risky standard of judgment, considering how many millions of people still smoke in spite of the health risks. And as far as the adage "two million doctors can't be wrong" - history speaks for itself on that idea.
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