It’s a trend that people who’ve taken early childhood education courses and psychology experts can easily identify: today’s kids just aren’t as empathetic as kids from previous generations. Many people blame technology for the loss of compassion, and research is beginning to suggest that they may be right. Researchers who reviewed 72 studies over the period between 1979 and 2009 found that millennials scored up to 40 percent lower on tests of empathy than did previous generations. The biggest drop in empathy scores occurred after the year 2000.
Professor Sara Konrath of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research blames media for the drop in compassion.