Researchers say that social media is making university students less open to other perspectives, and has “turned them into snowflakes”.

  • A study of 17,000 students revealed a marked decline in the relationship skills of these students over the last 15 years.
  • It comes amid worries that youngsters may be less accepting of others’ views.
  • Students  blocked public speakers from campuses and bullied them online because they disagree with their views 

Research suggests that students at universities are less likely to be able empathize and understand the points of others because they use social media too much.

An analysis of 17,000 students showed a dramatic decline in the quality of their relationships over the last fifteen years.

This is a result of fears that children are becoming less accepting of other views, especially those not considered ‘woke enough’.

Because they don’t agree with the views of students, some have blocked them from speaking on campus.

A study of 17,000 students found a marked drop in their relationship skills over the last 15 years (stock image)

Study of 17,000 students shows a dramatic decline in the quality of their relationships over the past fifteen years. (Stock image).

This trend may be explained by the latest research. According to the study, a decrease in emotional intelligence is possible due to social interaction taking place more online. Children who communicate mostly in writing via social media are missing out on vital social cues, such as voice tone and body language.

It said ’emotionality’ – which comprises ’emotion expression, perception, relationship skills and empathy – fell by 11 per cent.

According to the report, one possible cause of the results was the increase in electronic communication and social media that has been associated with poor well-being.

Mahreen Khan (lead researcher) stated that “this is in accord with previous research which demonstrated social media… has… replaced in person communication.”

The student felt less clear and capable to express their emotions and more capable of building relationships.

The latest study may go some way towards explaining the trend. It said a loss of 'emotional intelligence' is likely to be because social interactions increasingly take place online (stock image)

This trend may be explained by the latest research. The study found that social interactions are becoming more online-based, leading to a decrease in emotional intelligence (stock photo).

This study was conducted by University of New South Wales, Australia. It included students from the UK as well as those from the USA, Canada, and Australia. An 11 percent drop was also observed in the student’s levels of well-being, according to research.

During this time, the students’ self-control levels, which include their ability to control emotions and impulses fell by 13%.

Dr Khan explained that this meant students were less capable and able to control their emotions. They are also more susceptible to stress, which makes them more likely to cave to their desires.

According to her, students should make every effort to get together face to face whenever they can. It might be worth restricting the use social media and electronic communications, she said. “However, it’s worth noting that there is more to do to identify the root causes of declining emotional intelligence.

These findings were published in The Journal of Personality. They add to the concern that social media such as Facebook and Twitter create echo chambers where children are only exposed to their views.

Sites use algorithms to suggest content based on previous browsing history.

The findings, published in the Journal of Personality, add weight to concerns that social networks such as Twitter and Facebook create 'echo chambers' where youngsters are subjected only to views that mirror their own (file image)

Published in the Journal of Personality are these findings that add weight to fears that social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter can create echo chambers, where young people only see views similar to theirs (file photo).