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The Bystander Effect. Remembering Kitty Genovese

Kitty Genovese was attacked and killed in 1964. Though later investigation has shown that reporting exaggerated the number of bystanders, her story remains the trigger point for an exploration of the bystander effect in psychology. Having read about recent attacks in Sydney and had my own bystander moment, I wonder what sort of world we are building with culture and technology that encourages us to glaze our eyes to the world, bury our faces in our devices and detune ourselves from those around us? Though recent research shows at least one person out of a large crowd will help someone in distress, maybe there is some truth in the bystander effect after all.