Empathy vs Sympathy

Part of the Emotional Intelligence talked about in the previous post is having empathy. Empathy means that you understand and share the feelings of another. It is different from sympathy because being sympathetic means you are aware of another in a time of trial, and show pity to them. Sympathy is being kind to someone in a rough period, but not necessarily feeling or understanding their feelings.

The effect of a digital detox

Researchers at UCLA sampled 105 public school sixth-graders; 51 attended a five-day digital detox camp, while the remaining 54 continued regular schooling and stayed plugged in to tech. At the start and finish of the study, students were shown 48 faces displaying basic emotions such as happy, sad, angry and scared, with each subject asked to interpret the picture’s emotions.

In the beginning, the recorded average was 14.02 incorrect guesses. After the five days, kids who stayed in school showed roughly the same results. But the average for kids who spent five days at the tech-banning camp dropped to 9.41 incorrect guesses. (Kate Zaliznock)

Will it get better or worse?

You see, the problem hasn’t fully happened. The new generation that was born after 2010, who are submerged in technology, that is who we should be worried about the most. Kids learn empathy, compassion and respect through human social interaction. No tech device can teach that. Without those things, the future will be full of emotionless drones, cyborgs that don’t feel much (hopefully not), What would their personal lives be like?  To prevent that, we have to accept that this is a problem and act to reduce its effects, so join the Human Social Movement !

What is crazy is that the new generation may not understand the consequences of being plugged in and online 8 hours a day.

The UCLA study proves that the decrease in empathy due to technology is real. It is now our job to be mindful of the amount of tech in our lives and most importantly in the lives of our children.

Resources

This Just In: Tech Is Turning Kids Into Emotionless Drones. Kate Zaliznock | 08.29.14 http://www.ravishly.com/2014/08/29/study-research-digital-tech-kids-teens-development