“Bystander Effect” –Not the Norm

A recent study has cast some “shade” on the concept of the “bystander effect.”

From Washington Post: Forget What You May Have Been Told. New Study Shows Strangers Help 90 Percent of the Time

An excerpt:

Bystanders will intervene 9 times out of 10 to assist the victim in a public fight, an international team of researchers found in a study called “Would I be helped?,” published in American Psychologist this summer. After reviewing surveillance footage of more than 200 violent altercations around the world, the researchers concluded that having more bystanders around makes it more likely that someone will intervene…

On average, at least three people chose to intervene — and every additional bystander present increased the odds that the victim would receive assistance by roughly 10 percent.

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