- Karen Kaun
- Darien, CT
- United States
Co Founder - President, Knowledge iTrust
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The desensitization of human empathy
This weekend my car broke down and caught fire on Interstate 78 in Pennsylvania. I had just managed to get it over to a short, narrow strip of shoulder on the highway when it went up in flames. While I was pinned against a wall, with no where to run, adding to my shock, I noticed that people had pulled over on the other side of the highway to take photographs of my flaming car with their mobile phones. Yet, no one came to my aid! It was a really, strange phenomena and I’ve been pondering its significance. A university friend of mine has told me that he recently read an article about the ill effect of social networks on people’s empathy for others. Is it more important to be the first to post that photograph of the flaming car to Facebook, then to check out if the actual human is ok? Or are we so virtual that we don’t recognize reality? I'm not judging, just wondering what you all think. Signed, Crispy in CT