Ok, let's set up a situation first.
Situation: You just saw a person who is almost dying at the moment on the street and you're walking down the street toward him/her.
Do you think you would definitely help him/her?
Many people might think they would help him/her as soon as they catch the scene.
I thought so too before i watched this clip down here.
In the video, you may see things are quite different in reality, and i think this reality fact is really sad.
From the video, we can observe that people are actually just passing by the scene and completely ignore the person.
This is an example of the bystander effect.
The bystander effect describes the phenomenon in which less people would stand up and help a person in distress when there are more people around. When an emergency situation occurs, more people would take an action if there are few or no other people around.
It basically tells us that even if we are such a nice person, we might not show the nice side of us when there are people around and when we don't have the responsibility to take care of that person.
More interesting thing however is i think that people actually did not follow the bystander effect when the actor is wearing a nice suit. People in 7 seconds helped the actor who was acting out as if he was almost dying on the street.
I think this last scene helps out even more with our understanding of social psychology. We even act differently (off of the bystander effect theory) when the person dying looks more professional and somehow "fitted in the society."
This phenomenon totally made me angry, but I could not be 100% sure that I would definitely help because i have never been in that kind of position yet.
But I'm hoping that I do not follow the bystander effect theory and actually help out the person in distress.