Today's college students less empathetic than previous generations

June 1, 2010

New research from the University of Michigan observes that college students today are not as empathetic as their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago. The study found that compared to college students of the late 1970s, students today are less likely to agree with such statements as "I often have tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me" and "I sometimes try to understand my friends better by imagining how things look from their perspective." Researchers suggest there may be several reasons for a decline in empathy among young adults, such as the recent rise of social media, a hypercompetitive atmosphere, and inflated expectations of success. University of Michigan News Release