May 28, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
College students today are less likely to “get” the emotions of others than their counterparts 20 and 30 years ago, a new review study suggests.
Specifically, today’s students scored 40 percent lower on a measure of empathy than their elders did.
The findings are based on a review of 72 studies of 14,000 American college students overall conducted between 1979 and 2009.
“We found the biggest drop in empathy after the year 2000,” said Sara Konrath, a researcher at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.
The study was presented this week at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston.
Is “generation me” all about me?