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Bystander Effect

 Bystander Effect is when the greater the numbers of people that are present during or after the incident, the less likely people are to help the person in distress. 

 Have you ever experienced a time when someone is hurt but no one seems to care, so you walked away not doing anything. Maybe because you feel that someone else can take care of it, or that it is not your place to step in due to the fact you are not sure of the situation?  Heres a video to further explain the bystander effect. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGaJrgi_SpE

After watching this video you might think, "If I was in that situation I would not let someone bleed to death". It is hard to step in when you are not sure of what is going on. Yet there is always something you can do as a bystander.

This second video I would like people to watch as an example of the bystander effect is an experiment that was made to understand bystanders and people's reactions.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIvGIwLcIuw . You would assume if someone is in danger, especially a young girl, people whould step in to help. This video shows how our society likes to ignore things that has nothing to do with them, even though that person you did not help could be in danger and potential of death.

Think about a situation where you could have done something but you did not; that is you acting out the Bystander Effect. It is proven by several study's that individuals do not perform to their best abilites when they are put in groups of people. 

Feel free to share your own experiences with Bystander Effect and Social Loafing, or even your own thoughts! :)





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(vasudha, 2017-09-27 08:24)

is it that bystander effect takes place only in accidental situations or when one is not known to the person suffering?

Interesting website Maks!

(Dayna , 2012-04-10 05:18)

I found the two videos under bystander effect to be very shocking. It's amazing how many people will pass by a situation where someone is in need of help.

Great comparison of social loafing and the bystander effect!