bystander apathy

bystander apathy

A social psychological phenomenon in which the more people there are viewing a crisis or crime, the less likely they are to offer aid to the victim(s). Also known as the bystander effect. Over 30 people saw the mugging take place, but due to bystander apathy, none of them intervened.
See also: bystander
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The question for us today is whether bystander apathy is happening in naval-aviation radio communications.
Most just looked at the floor while others fidgeted in their seats," she says, shocked at this bystander apathy.
Bystander apathy doesn't happen when the bystanders are acquaintances of the victims .
But bystander apathy is, in fact, a well-documented phenomenon whereby those witnessing a crime fail to help a victim.
Additionally, future researchers are encouraged to include interventions specifically targeted toward reducing bystander apathy (Latane & Darley, 1968) by encouraging bystanders to become more involved in helping bullying victims.
To escape the quicksand of bystander apathy, managers and directors can be required to report on strategic and operational issues.