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Running out Of Empathy - msnbc

Sarah Konrath, lead author of a new study that shows young people have less empathy and compassion than before, discusses how in the connected internet era, emotional connections appear to be fading.

The University of Michigan test
Changes in Dispositional Empathy in American College Students Over Time: A Meta-Analysis
Personality and Social Psychology Review
 Sara H. Konrath, Edward H. O'Brien, Courtney Hsing
"The current study examines changes over time in a commonly used measure of dispositional empathy. A cross-temporal meta-analysis was conducted on 72 samples of American college students who completed at least one of the four subscales (Empathic Concern, Perspective Taking, Fantasy, and Personal Distress) of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) between 1979 and 2009"

2010-12-29 -
Who Cares? Not College Students: Study Finds Co-ed Empathy Decreasing - Time
If you're wondering why you never hear about student protests these days, this might be the answer. New research shows that the empathy levels of college students has dramatically declined over the past 30 years.

2010-12-29 - Is Less Reading Making Americans Less Empathetic?

Scientists have long considered empathy an inherent trait, with infants barely a year old offering assistance and sharing their resources during lab tests. But a decline in empathy proves that even inborn tendencies can be profoundly impacted by social situations. The question now is what those empathy-depleting social situations are.

2011-01-19 - What, Me Care? A recent study finds a decline in empathy among young people in the U.S.
Empathy is a cornerstone of human behavior and has long been considered innate. A forthcoming study, however, challenges this assumption by demonstrating that empathy levels have been declining over the past 30 years.

2010-06-06 -Psychologyy Today:
Is The "Me Generation" Less Empathetic?
Is Generation Y--or the "millennials," as they are often referred to--less empathetic, and more self-centered than previous generations? Or is our society in general more self-centered and less empathetic?

2010-06-25 - NY Times:  From Students, Less Kindness for Strangers?
Vindication for crotchety Gen-Xers — already depressed to find themselves the elders in this social relationship — arrived in a paper presented in May at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston. “Changes in Dispositional Empathy in American College Students Over Time: A Meta-Analysis,” by Sara Konrath, a researcher at the University of Michigan, found that college students today are 40 percent less empathetic than those of 30 years ago, with the numbers plunging primarily after 2000.  Previous studies have tussled over how to define empathy. Is it a cognitive mechanism through which we imagine how another person feels? A manifestation of sympathy? Do we empathize with others purely to reduce our own levels of stress?

2010-11-24 - Inside Higher Ed - Empathizing 101
Are you often quite touched by things you see happen? Do you try to look at everybody’s side of a disagreement before you make a decision? When you see people being taken advantage of, do you feel protective of them? If you are a college student or recent graduate, you are more likely to answer “no” to the above questions, which are excerpts from a University of Michigan test designed to measure the presence of empathy in people of different ages. What they found was disconcerting: College students today are 40 percent less empathetic than those who graduated two or three decades ago.

2010-12-18 - The Decline of Empathy: How You Can Help
Here are a few tips for teaching empathy taken from the website Parenting Science. They are evidenced based tools to help teach empathy in children. Try them out with your own kids--or adapt them and try them out with your husbands, wife's, partners, and friends. You could make the world a little more friendly.


College Students Are Less Empathic Than Generations Past
Scientific American - ‎May 29, 2010‎
Research presented at the conference of the Association for Psychological Science found that today's college students are far less empathic than their ...

College Students Lack Empathy
Babble Magazine (blog)

College students have less empathy than past generations
USA Today

A return to empathy could help curb bullying

The End of Empathy

Empathy is one of the most valuable
psychological resources we have. It allows us to resonate with and respond to the suffering of others. It also allows us to care deeply about the fates of those we love, including our spouses and children. When empathy is destroyed, people are free (in a terrible way) not only to ignore the needs of others, but to perpetrate emotional or physical violence upon them

Empathy Died? | Socyberty
Fox News recently reported a study done by The University of Michigan. 14000 college students were involved in the empathy focused study.

University of Michigan study: Generation Me-dia lacks empathy
Obviously, such findings don't apply across the board.  This generation, like all before it, can count people of extraordinary moral character among its numbers.  But, in general, the findings do ring true.  Not just college kids, but society in general seems a little nastier than it once was. But is is interesting that a scientific study has actually quantified the change. And, yes, I am one of those people who think the media bears a large part of the blame.