Traditional Panic Buttons Aren't Effective Due to Panic Button Hesitation
You might think using a panic button is the best way to get help. Unfortunately, people hesitate before they press their panic button. Panic button hesitation, or delay in help-seeking, refers to the time elapsed from the first sign of a person in distress to when help is sought. This phenomenon can be influenced by several factors. These factors can contribute to significant delays in seeking help, potentially exacerbating the situation:
- Embarrassment: The individual might feel embarrassed if it turns out to be a false alarm.
- Fear of consequences: there might be fear of potential consequences, such as being blamed for causing the situation.
- Fear of over reacting: Similarly to patient delay syndrome, people might underestimate the seriousness of the situation and believe that it isn’t serious enough to justify pressing the panic button because they believe they can handle it themselves.
- Personal image: Individuals might want to be viewed as competent and capable of handling situations on their own.
- The Boy Who Cried Wolf Effect: If an individual has previously raised false alarms, they might hesitate to seek help during a real emergency for fear of not being taken seriously.