Does social media ‘delete’ empathy? UVic student to find out

A University of Victoria doctoral student is investigating how Twitter and Instagram are changing how much teenagers care.

Rebeccah Nelems has been awarded $180,000 to study empathy in Canadian youth as they use social media to connect not only with local friends, but peers around the world.

She says the possibility teens are becoming less empathetic makes it important to examine what problems are cropping up, as well as potential solutions.