We love our furbabies. So much so that we’re willing to spend money and time on them just to make them feel special and loved. So when a new research was published saying that people love dogs more than they do other humans, I wasn’t really surprised.
The study, published in the journal Society and Animals, said that people are more empathetic towards dogs than other people, as reported by Business Insider.
Isle of Dogs (2018)
During an experiment for the study, 240 students were given fake newspaper clippings of a police report either about an attack on a person or on a dog. The fake victim was supposedly attacked with a baseball bat by an unknown assailant and was left unconscious with a broken leg and “multiple lacerations”.
The participants were given the same report with the victim being a one-year-old baby, a 30-year-old adult, a puppy, or a six-year-old dog. They were then asked how they felt, using the questions to measure their empathy levels.
Results revealed that the empathy levels for the puppy, the older dog, and the human baby were on similar levels, while the adult human came last.
The researchers concluded that the subjects viewed the dogs as fur babies and not so much as animals, proving that people think of their pets like family. So I guess it’s official: we do love our furbabies more than most humans we know.