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The decline of empathy

The Daily Dish recently highlighted an article in Scientific American called “What, Me Care?” The article previews a study that shows self-reported empathy has fallen in the last 30 years. A couple of theories for the decline are increased social isolation and decreased pleasure reading, especially of fiction. You shouldn’t need an excuse to read more, but if you do, feeling more empathetic is a good one.

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Comments on: "The decline of empathy" (4)

  1. Uncle Dave said:

    Isn’t that the truth; the whole truth . . . !

    • I find this study very discouraging. I’m not sure what we can do to reverse the trend except instill empathy in kids while they’re young.

  2. Fascinating. E-reader makers and publishers should like that piece of info.

  3. Way too many in this country operate on a greedy “me first, everyone else last” attitude. Seems to be the whole philosophy of conservatives anymore.

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