Bystander effect, also known as bystander apathy and diffusion of responsibility is the phenomenon of not offering help when there’s a large group of people present. It has been researched for several decades now and many cases have confirmed the presence of bystander effect in our daily lives. These days, a large part of our life's time is spent on the social media channels.
So is there a presence of the bystander effect online too? While it may sound bizarre, reports and studies have confirmed the presence of bystander effect online. One is likely to observe the same symptoms of bystander effect wherever they are, the same goes for online with several of the others already present.