We live in an increasingly connected world, but we have never been more isolated. Digital connection provides many benefits but robs us of the time needed to invest in face-to-face conversation. The relational and psychological effects in society are considerable:
Children care less about others: Empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of another) has decreased by 40% in the past 30 years.
Children are becoming more self-centered: Self-centeredness has increased by 30% among college students in the past 30 years.
A recent Forbes article found that about half of employees (51 percent) feel that organizations and companies as a whole are not empathetic.
Millennials (78 percent) are more likely than Boomers (66 percent) to leave their company due to lack of empathy.
Narcissism is eating away at our ability to feel empathy. With each passing generation, we are losing basic social skills that form the basis of true community.
We must address this crisis so the next generation has the emotional and mental skills needed to build community by caring about others and connecting deeply with others.
The Front Porch Initiative answers this crisis.