Comformity and Bystander Effect

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Comformity and Bystander Effect

What are comformity and the bystander effect?

School NewsBEWARE! The dangers of comformity and bsytander effect!

The Dangers Of The Bystander Effect

Social norms are these unwritten rules about how to behave around other people. They provide us with an expected idea of how to act in a particular group of people, a religion, or another culture. For example: When in a fancy restaurant, you must wear elegant clothes, and use your table manners. Norms help dictate other human beings to control their behaviour, and to provide order among all of humans.

Comformity can be really dangerous. In the case shown in t video to the right end of the paper, you will see some actors and students who don't know about the actors. The actors will on purpose say the wrong answers, and the student will comform, also getting the wrong answer. Then, if they are given a partner who says the corret answer, the probabilities that he will comform to the wrong answer decrease.

Social Norms

Dangers Of Comformity

Bystander effect is that the more people who witness an event then the less probable somebody will do something.In the other hand, comformity is when people follow social norms made by high social authority to fit in and not be excluded.


Bystander Effect


Christian D.Samuel S.Class F Social Studies

The bystander effect, while sometimes harmless, can cause serious Physical, and emotional damage to a person, one example of a really serious incident, caused by the Bystander effect, was the Richmond High School Incident. On October 7 2009, a sixteen year old, whose name is unknown up to this day, was brutally beaten to a near comatose state, and raped/Gangbanged by various members of a gang on the homecoming dance. The report says that about a dozen of the people in the dance watched as she was getting raped, and nobody did anything. Nobody called the police, the staff, or anything at all while she was brutally being to near death. Staff members also stated that they had seen some of the gang men sneaking into the Dance, and they did not do anything to prevent them from entering. One interview from a classmate who saw the whole thing said “They were kicking her in her head and they were beating her up, robbing her and ripping her clothes off; it's something you can't get out your mind. I saw people, like, dehumanizing her; I saw some pretty crazy stuff. She was pretty quiet; I thought she was like dead for a minute but then I saw her moving around. I feel like I could have done something but I don't feel like I have any responsibility for anything that happened”

One of the main causes of the bystander effect is called pluralistic ignorance, it states that most people get affected by the bystander effect because they don't even realize they are witnessing an accident or crime occurring. This happens because when other people see others acting calm or neutral at a dangerous or catastrophic situation, the people do not see something alarming or strange, and do not want to seem strange, or separated from the others, by acting out. For example, if you see a kid flailing around in a pool, appearing to be drowning, but other people are laughing or not reacting at all, you will probably ignore it, or pass it as a joke. One experiment for this was made by Darley and Latane’s in a lab. They got some students to do a questionnaire in a lab, some students were actors, then some thick smoke would be inserted into the room, gradually increasing until even the papers were unseen. However, when the subjects saw the actors telling them it was fine, or acting calm, only 10% of the test subjects left the room with the actors inside, while alone, 75% of the test subjects left the room.


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