Wow. The diffusion of responsibility effect is real. Read about it in this article from Psychology Today.
As one participant mentioned in the lesson, follow your conscience
. There is a whole series of articles on "The Bystander Effect," at this link.
For some more powerful observations, watch this video: The Bystander Effect.
Now, watch this TEDx Talk: The bystander effect is complicated.
There is also a Khan Academy Lesson
on this topic. Watch it to learn more. Why Don't Strangers Help Stop Fights?
provides a bit more about the history of this effect.Need some encouragement on how to help yourself and others
?a. Follow your conscienceb. Help and don't worry about what might happenc. If you need help and no one is assisting, ask someone!d. Model appropriate behavior for others and respond.