Are we becoming an insensitive society? The answer may be a resounding "yes!" Experts say that too much tech time is keeping young people from learning and developing basic empathy skills - like compassion and understanding the thoughts and feelings of others. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids between 8 and 18 spend about 11 hours a day on cell phones, computers, and social media, sometimes using several at a time. Their young brains are developing shorter attention spans, and they're getting emotionally numbed by the shocking and sensational photos and videos they see. For example, kids will watch a gruesome video of someone crashing their bike into a wall over and over and over - while laughing. They won't stop to think, "Hey maybe that kid got really hurt!" Since teens are spending less and less face time with other people, they're not learning how to be empathetic. For example: * A recent study published in the journal "Brain and Cognition" found that teens have a hard time recognizing other people's emotions by looking at their faces. * Another study showed that teens who play violent video games take much longer to recognize someone who looks unhappy. Researchers say, thanks to technology, kids aren't learning basic empathy skills, such as maintaining eye contact or noticing subtle nonverbal cues during a conversation. Adults can lose their sense of empathy too. Researchers at UCLA found that adults who were asked to search the Internet just one hour a day became more desensitized to other people's needs and feelings within one week. So, how can you keep from losing empathy? Experts say the next time you see a horrific Internet video or pass a car crash on the street, ask yourself what you're feeling. Do you try not to look? Do you want to delete the video? Do you feel sorry for the victims? Noticing your first response - and getting a little perspective on it - is one way to push back technology's assault on your mind.