Though many of us would say we’d help, many people would change their minds once faced with the actual situation. There are people who do not want to involve themselves with a dangerous situation of saving others, while there are who think others will ‘help anyway’. Psychologists call this the ‘bystander effect’, where people would not do anything thinking others will help the man anyway.
While many of us believe that there is strength in numbers, this social experiment proves otherwise. In this social experiment conducted by ActorVarunPruthi , a man (played by Pruthi himself) accepts an offer by a stranger to massage him for 500 rupees.
The man then proceeds to massaging him for a few minutes before attacking him and taking his belongings. Take note that this attack and robbery is done in broad daylight, with dozens of people watching.
Would they help the man, or would people ignore his need?
What is the bystander effect?
The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders.