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