I have noticed that there is a tendency in many people, and certainly in groups as a whole, to avoid, ignore, or trivialize complex and difficult issues by placing focus on issues that are similar and consequently much easier to discuss.
Sometimes this may be intentional, but I believe is generally a subconscious response to not being able to grasp complexity.
Usually, this results in a discussion that is inaccurate and does not adequately address the issue at hand.
In the various social or psychological studies, is there a term for this phenomenon? Alternatively, are there any informal terms or phrases that reference or could be used to describe it?