Why Empathy is Declining Among Students and What We Can Do

Emotional intelligence—and specifically empathy—is spiraling downward among kids

As we keep our ear to the ground, we continue to hear reports that emotional intelligence—and specifically empathy—is spiraling downward among kids. The sociology department at the University of Michigan, led by Dr. William Axinn at the Population Studies Center, tells us that college students today are approximately 40 percent less empathetic than they were just ten years ago. That’s quite a drop. I find it quite strange that in a generation more connected to each other than ever, young adults find it increasingly difficult to feel compassion toward each other. Why is that?

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young adults find it increasingly difficult
to feel compassion toward
each other.

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Let me remind you of the realities in their world.

1. Screen time…

2. Information Overload…

3. Consequential Behavior…

4. Virtual Reality….

by Dr. Tim Elmore