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:
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.