With the popular explosion of zombies in recent years, today’s youth may be much more likely to survive a zombie outbreak than previous generations. But it turns out, they’re also more likely to kill you to save their own skin when the dead rise. Reviewing three decades of compiled data, researchers found that college students are less empathetic towards their fellow man than ever before.
Sara Konrath of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research explains:
“College kids today are about 40 percent lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago, as measured by standard tests of this personality trait.”
Defined as the act of understanding and being sensitive to the feelings of another person without having those feelings fully communicated, empathy is what allows us to be kind to strangers in need, sacrifice our personal wants for the good of friends and neighbors, and place common interest in front of selfish greed. Serial killers and other dangerous sociopaths are commonly found to have a complete lack on empathy.
Though we’ve already discussed the very real threat that other humans will represent, Konrath’s findings serve as yet another reminder that in a zombie outbreak your life will be in grave danger long before you see your first walking corpse.