DO PEOPLE LOVE DOGS MORE THAN HUMANS?
Research has shown that people have an easier and more natural time feeling empathy for dogs than fellow human beings.
Researchers from the University of Colorado and Northeastern University were also wondering why humans love dogs so much and set out to see how people react to stories of tragedies impacting animals versus those impacting humans.
They conducted a survey with 256 college students by asking them to read a fictional report about abuse against a child, an adult, a puppy, and an adult dog. Turns out the students felt more empathy toward puppies, children, and adult dogs than adults. Turns out age makes a difference when it comes to humans.
Participants felt more empathy towards children than adults. However, age didn’t matter when it came to dogs. Participants felt a high level of empathy towards dogs and puppies.