“Someone else can do it” by Brigham Larimer

My focus for this blog is the bystander effect, which basically is the effect that when other people are around, people are less prone to help a person in need of help. This happens because responsibility is diffused across the local populous, as each individual is likely to think that someone else can help, instead of him/her.

The following video exemplifies this effect perfectly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSsPfbup0ac

As you can see from the video, even when a person in distress is moaning and calling for help, people will still pass by casually without stopping to check if the person is alright. This is in part because in a public area, it is easy for a bystander to think that even if he/she passes by without stopping, that someone else surely will. This diffusion of responsibility ironically can lead to a person being in distress for a longer period of time than if he/she were in a situation with only one potential helper.

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