New Studies Show Humans Love Dogs More Than Other Humans
New studies show that humans love dogs more than other humans and this probably does not surprise you because dogs are amazing, but this has an explanation.
Well, some studies reveal that when it comes to empathy, many people choose dogs over other people.
Why this?…Find out here…
Sociologists and anthropologists from Northeastern University and the University of Colorado explain that when people see news about animals in need, the response level is sometimes higher than when tragedies affect humans.
For the study: 256 college students were asked to read fictitious news; and reveal their levels of empathy for a brutally beaten adult or child versus an adult dog or puppy.
The results of the study showed that college students felt more empathy for victims who are human children, puppies and adult dogs than for victims who are adult humans. Also, it seems that age makes a difference for empathy toward human victims, but not for dog victims.
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The study also mentions: “It may be that many people appraise dogs as vulnerable, regardless of their age, when compared to adult humans. In other words, dogs, whether young or adult, are seen as possessing many of the same qualities associated with human babies; they are seen as unable to fully protect themselves, compared to adult humans.”
In conclusion, according to the study, we are able to empathize more with those we consider innocent; and also with those we deem to have little blame for their circumstances.