Why We Need Empathy More Than Ever 

A lack of empathy poses dangers on all levels great and small.


Social scientists are particularly concerned about an increasing lack of empathy in America. Citing tests like theNarcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI), Psychology Today reports that “approximately 70% of students today score higher on narcissism and lower on empathy than did the average student 30 years ago.”


This change has been attributed to a mix of the self-esteem parenting movement of the ’90s, an increasing number of social media platforms that foster “oversharing” and instant, near-effortless means of garnering attention, and less time spent in cooperative play with peers.


By Chelsea Cristene