Americans vs. Russians: Reacting to a Man in Pain


In this social experiment, two young men on the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia and Miami, Florida keel over, pretending to be in extreme pain to see how people react. The American and Russian responses couldn’t be more different.

It is important to note that the sample size of the experiment is small. Also, the Russian portion was filmed on the busy streets of St. Petersburg while the American segment was filmed in Miami. Still, the outcome is remarkable. The video is also significant because it was made by young Russian men who – speaking Russian – urge their fellow citizens not to “be indifferent…it’s better to do anything than nothing at all” at the end of the video.


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