Negative Conformity and the Bystander Effect

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Negative Conformity and the Bystander Effect

Negative Conformity and the Bystander Effect

Social Norms

Bystander Effect


Bystander Effect IRL


The Bystander Effect refers to cases in the which an individual does not react or offer help in a certain situation when others are present. The probability of people helping an individual while others are present decreases grandly, this is caused because the rest of the individuals think someone else will help instead of that helper being themselves.

Bystander Effect The case of Kitty Genovese. Kitty Genovese was a waitress in New York City and while walking home from work, just for the fact that she was at the "wrong" place at the "wrong" hour she was brutally stabbed and murdered. The New York Times assures that 38 people saw Kitty Genovese being brutally stabbed and then raped within the period of half an hour and only one of them acted in response to this situation and did the right thing.

Social Norms are the rules of behavior that are considered acceptable in a group or society. Those who don't follow social norms are excluded from certain groups. These social norms may change depending on the environment or situation in which society encounters itself. One example of a social norm in Colombia is to between men to shaken hands unless it is a case of extreme confidence

Conformity is a type of social influence involving a change in belief or behavior in order to fit in with a group. This change is in response to real (involving the physical presence of others) or imagined (involving the pressure of social norms / expectations) group pressure.

How many more deaths do we need for society to stop conforming to negative situations? Cyberbullying is an issue we all are aware about, and we keep conforming, just another one of the whole bunch that do not respond to these situations. Conforming to it, accepting it and practicing it because of fear of exclusion, can cause serious consequences. According to the Suicide Awareness Voices for Education suicides among 15-24 years olds is the third leading cause of death for youth. One of 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide every year. Over 16% of students seriously consider suicide, 13% create a plan, and 8 percent have made a serious attempt. Do what is right and stop conforming to cyberbullying!

Conforming Negatively

Educate the youth about the effects of negative confotmity and the bystander effect, and how they can be the difference between life and death. If the youth are educated and have been taught and have learned the possible consequences to their acts they will change, we will change.Apps such as rethink are outstanding because they are not telling you not to conform and hoping you will act different like education does, ReThink is acually being the one not conforming and the one who is causing that change that most of us humans are afraid to cause.


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