Diffusion of Responsibility

Diffusion of responsibility is a psychological phenomenon by which people are less likely to feel a feeling of responsibility within the presence of a large group of people. Essentially, in a large group of people, people may think that individual responsibility to intervene is lessened given it is shared by all the onlookers. Diffusion of responsibility is used to clarify the bystander consequence, a phenomenon when the greater the amount of people present, the less likely people are to help an individual with distress.