Why do onlookers stand looking on when street crimes are being
We can often see the scene that many people just stand looking on when street crimes are being committed. The crowds talking about the street crimes, condemning the trouble makers, or praying for the victims, but none of them go forward to do anything really useful and helpful. What reasons cause this phenomenon happen? Taking everything into consideration, we may analysis this phenomenon from two aspects—internal reasons and external
First of all, we could explain this phenomenon from internal reasons, that is to say, these onlookers don’t want to help the victims
themselves. The following is the three typical instances. Firstly, some of the onlookers don’t have any sympathy with the victims.
They don’t care people involved in street crime need help or not, they stand there just in order to see something bustling. Secondly, a small part of onlookers is afraid of being involved in trouble. If someone helps to solve the problem, it will take him a lot of time and energy to finish completely and puts him to trouble. Thirdly, there are also some onlookers think that no matter how serious the street crime is, it is not their business, they don’t have responsibility
to help victims, even call 110 is meddlesome.
Sometimes, the onlookers really want to give their aid to parties, but they give up finally because of external reasons, which also been called social reasons. As we all know, modern society is full of wrong value, people do things for the purpose of getting benefits. If someone does something for noting in return, people will feel strange and consider him as a fool. To avoid being laughed at, onlookers are unwilling to assist wounded easily. Otherwise, people are afraid of being deceived. There are many swindlers who utilize street crimes to bilk onlookers’ money, therefore less and less people
are enthusiastic about helping others.
Taking into account all the analyses above, we may confidently know that why these onlookers just stand looking on when street crimes are being committed.