Running on Empty?

In today’s New York Times, Charles Blow writes:

And a May study by researchers at the University of Michigan found that “college kids today are about 40 percent lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago.” The reason? One factor could be social networking. As one researcher put it, “The ease of having ‘friends’ online might make people more likely to just tune out when they don’t feel like responding to others’ problems, a behavior that could carry over offline.”

Two questions:

1. Do you think today’s university students are less empathetic than we were 30 years ago?

2. If so, do you think social networking is responsible? Are there other social changes that may have contributed to this?

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