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wowzers Post time: 2013-12-11 10:45
"According to a recent poll of 139,000 people conducted by China Youth Daily, more than 80 percent o ...
Mmmm.......interesting statistics! Now, of course if we want to see the positive side of it here iare some thoughts;
1) According to the poll 80% would "hesitate" doesn't mean they wouldn't help! Still, 27,800 people (20%) would help. Not bad, right?
2) More than half? like 51%-99%. That doesn't say much, number wise! Let's suppose, though, that 60% would walk away. That still means that 40% would actually help! That puts the number in 55,600 people! Not bad, right?
On a practical basis. Let's suppose this: Shanghai, 2pm, Huai Hai Road an accident occurs. A pedestrian is hit by a car an is lying in the middle of the road. At that time on any given week day (weekends are exceptionally crowdded) there can be anywhere between 2-5 thousand people in one single stretch of sidewalk. According to that statistic, in between 400 and 1000 people (a 20%) would offer help. Now let's ask this question; do we really need 400 plus people to help one injured person? My understanding is that if the injured person is not already dead, she/he would die for sure by the crowd helping.
Now the conclusion: It takes just 1-2 skillful people to help an injured person while the paramedics arrive on the scene......so thank you to the other 398 for offering and regarding those aproximatelly 1200 that would leave, well, let's hope for them that next time they have an accident they can learn the leason of the good Samaritan.
For more on these type of issues and statistics just refer to the book "Freakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner