You are walking through a crowded hallway on your way to class; up ahead you see another student is walking to class and they just dropped their water bottle. Instead of going and helping her you think, "It's a crowded hallway; someone else will help pick up their water bottle". This is known as the Bystander Effect-someone believing that another person will help someone in a situation. It might not be exactly like this situation, but sometimes, unconsciously, people do not help others because they believe other people will help. The water bottle situation happened to me the other day. I was walking to class and a person dropped their water bottle and I decided not to help because I knew that there were other people around who could help just as well as I could. Even though in this situation it was not a matter of life or death but there are some situations that people don't help others in dire need. For example in our textbook it explains how a woman was screaming and yelling for help while she was being murdered and no one came to her rescue. In these types of situations people should not fall into the bystander effect, people should know that the tendencies are if there are many people around a person is less likely to come to help those in desperate need.
Don't Do It
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