You’re on the bus to school and hear a laugh-fest coming from the back. Soon enough, you see Corey’s phone held up high and understand what’s happening: He’s chuckling as he directs a pretty mean meme at a kid from your science class. You stop for a second, then think to yourself: Someone closer to Corey will do something...right?
What’s happening here is called the bystander effect. It means that if you are a part of a group of people who witness something cruel, you’re less likely to feel a personal responsibility to intervene. You think, “Oh, someone else will do it”—then bury your face back in your book.