Flight or Fight: Why Do People Film Fights on the MBTA Instead of Stopping Them?

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March 20th, 2013

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Todd Farchione, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

The Bystander Effect, where people witness an emergency idly rather than intervene to help a stranger, has been documented for decades…

Expert quote:

“With fights, there is the actual threat there, so people don’t want to get involved and don’t want to get harmed being part of that altercation. I have seen these types of things where people are yelling—a father really yelling at his son—and the question becomes do we step in? I think, socially, we are taught not to butt into other peoples’ business.”

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