Study finds that college student empathy has decreased over three decades

Laura Donovan Contributor

If you’re wondering why you never hear about student protests these days, this might be the answer. New research shows that the empathy levels of college students has dramatically declined over the past 30 years.

The study, which comes from the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review, indicates that college students have been giving less caring responses to standard questions that determine empathy. Known as the Interpersonal Reactivity Index, the questionnaire asks whether responders agree to statements such as “I often have tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me” and “I try to look at everybody’s side of a disagreement before I make a decision.”

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