Content note / trigger warning: this video contains a violent assault, may be frightening.
Two men put in hidden cameras in an elevator to see if people would help a man in a life or death situation. How would you react?
This video is pretty shocking and reveals a lot about human nature, the bystander effect, and our “fight or flight” responses (and don’t even get me started on the guy filming the event — I do not have nice words for him):
What would you do if you walked into a murder in progress? Two guys asked themselves the same question and staged a murder-in-progress inside a New York City elevator. Hidden cameras recorded people’s reactions. What would you do?
It makes me think that, while I like to believe otherwise, I would probably freeze and react the same way.
In large groups of people, this is type of behavior is attributed to the “bystander effect”, where people will often falsely assume that other people will handle the danger, so they don’t get help or intervene.
How do you think you would react if you came across this situation? Have you ever run into danger before or seen someone else in a dangerous situation? Did you freeze, or did you try to get help? How do people prepare themselves for situations like this? How can we be proactive?
Photo credit: YouTube, “Elevator Murder Experiment”