A review of several studies show that American college students demonstrate less empathy than college students of 20-30 years ago.
I say “good for them”.
Empathy is the easiest thing on earth to have when you are brought having it demonstrated for you. Over the last 10-15 years, however, what has this generation of college students been subjected to? It certainly has not been a lot of adults feeling bad for them, nor is it a lot of support from said adults … they see their own government taking the things that are precious to them, and taking it away or reducing it.
I think this generation has learned a valuable lesson: you had better put yourself as the #1 priority, because no one else is going to look out for you … you certainly cannot trust the government to help you out and you had better scrimp ever last dime, because that long off retirement (at least not until your late 60s, and maybe even early 70s) is a gift from their grandparents’s generation.
Honestly, who can blame them for being more self centered?