Most people love dogs even more than humans, and this finding has been backed up by a study conducted at Northeastern University and the University of Colorado.
According to the study, the results support that people who read the news expressed more interest in dog-related content than in human-related content. Also, a different level of reaction and outrage was observed responding to articles about battered dogs.
With these findings, another study was conducted to learn more about the behavior of newsreaders. In this study, 256 college students read a fake news report and expressed their empathy for the topics of history. Students received stories about abused puppies or dogs, as well as a battered adult or child.
The results? Students seemed more empathetic towards dogs than human adults. High levels of empathy for children and puppies were observed. The more adult a human is, the smaller the empathy he gets.
These are not the only studies gone comparing the attention that dogs attract to humans. A British charity also experimented with the MSN website in the UK. The study consisted of two fundraising campaigns.
The first fundraising campaign reads: “Would you give Harrison 5£ to save Harrison from a slow and painful death?” they attached a photo of Harrison Smith, an 8-year-old boy diagnosed with Duchenne (muscular dystrophy). The second fundraising campaign uses a picture of a dog.
When the campaign ended, more people clicked to donate to the dog’s fundraising campaign. The dog’s campaign received 230 visits, while the boy’s campaign received only 111 visits.
In the results of the MSN study, it was confirmed that people tend to empathize more with helplessness, innocence, and vulnerability. In a comparison between human adults, dogs and human babies can’t protect themselves. According to these studies, that could be the reason we support them the most.
We found a quote from Mark Twain that says, “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” It turns out that the quote might be right.
A study conducted at Northeastern University and the University of Colorado supports people who love dogs more than other people.
During the study, 256 college students were asked to read and react to a (false) news report.
The two stories that are presented are about a dog or a puppy being beaten, and an adult or child abuse.
The results of the study support that students felt more empathetic to stories about dogs than with human stories. Also, students felt more empathetic to babies than with adults.
The study clearly states that age makes a difference in the level of empathy towards human victims, but not towards dog victims.
The study concludes that people feel more empathy for dogs and babies because they are vulnerable, innocent, and unable to speak for themselves.
This could be why dog owners spend more on their pets, too. Some pet owners even spend more on their pet’s food, hygiene, and medicine than themselves.
When asked, “Why?” response is usually the same: “My dog deserves it.”