Social media and the lack of empathy

What I worry about is an increasing absence of empathy in every aspect of society. How can we learn to put ourselves into another person’s shoes if we have never walked in them? According to an article by Brian Jung of Demand Media on “The Negative Effect of Social Media on Society and Individuals,” social media can make it more difficult for us to distinguish between the meaningful relationships we have in the real world and the numerous casual connections formed through LinkedIn or Twitter.