There's a reason the moniker "Generation Me" has been attached to the new generation of young people, and a new study has some information that sheds light on how the nickname came to be.
The study, which was conducted at the University of Michigan, found that college students are less likely to understand the emotions of others than their age group's predecessors, MSNBC reports. The test group scored 40 percent lower on an empathy test than participants in the same study 20 and 30 years ago. Results are based on 72 studies of 14,000 American college students between 1979 to 2009, MSNBC says.
"We found the biggest drop in empathy after the year 2000," Sara Konrath, a researcher at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, tells MSNBC.
There are multiple theories on why college kids today lack empathy. Some blame the media (who doesn't these days?). Some blame the Internet and social media. Another one broached in this study was today's "hypercompetitive, 24-hour culture." What do you think it could be?
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