New Studies Show Humans Love Dogs More Than Other Humans

What if a human and a dog stood side-by-side and both needed help, but you could only choose one. It wouldn’t be an easy decision, would it? Some studies reveal when it comes to feeling empathy, many people pick pooches over other people. Does that surprise you?

Sociologists and anthropologists from Northeastern University and the University of Colorado pondered why, when reports of animals in need make headlines, the outrage and response level is sometimes higher than when tragedies impact humans.

The researchers asked 256 college students to read a fictitious news report, and reveal their levels of empathy for a brutally beaten adult or child versus an adult dog or puppy.

The results: The undergrads felt more empathy toward the dogs than the adult human. The study says, “We also found more empathy for victims who are human children, puppies, and fully-grown dogs than for victims who are adult humans. Age makes a difference for empathy toward human victims, but not for dog victims.”

The study also mentions a British charity which also conducted its own dog-versus-person empathy experiment. It ran a fundraising campaign featuring two versions of the same ad. Click Open or Arrow Button to Complete Read

26 Comments

  1. I absolutely love dogs and animals more then most people hands down I’d take a dog over a kid any day of the week but I’m sure humane will use this soft spot against other humans case in point!!$$???

  2. With dogs you get unconditionally love 24 / 7. With humans they are fake, they don’t do what they say and can change in the blink of an eye. Yes I prefer dogs 100 percent over humans any day…..

  3. Interesting article and yet I bet there’s a very high percentage of empathetic people that would carry on eating animals as soon as they crave a burger, bacon sandwich or a hot ‘dog’.

  4. OUR FURBIES DO NOT LIE, STEAL FROM
    YOU. >
    WELL > MAYBE A T-BONE OR TOO. LOL>
    BUT THEY DON’T STEAL SOMETHING OF VALUE. & THEY DON’T CHEAT, NOR PLAY ALL THE NOT SO NICE HEAD TRIPS & STAB FRIENDS NOR THEIR FRIENDS IN THE BACK. OUR FURBIES LOVE US WITHOUT THE PHONINESS.
    THEY SENSE HOW WE FEEL & ALWAYS BY OUR SIDE > UNLIKE ALOT OF MATES WHO WALK OUT THE DOOR w/0 CONCERN.

  5. I totally agree I thought I was the only one to feel this way .but dare you say it and you get people saying your a bad person to say that .I definitely pick a dog or cat over any human being. How many dogs or cats or any animal do any hurt or damage.humans are class at it

  6. That is a little harshly exaggerated. My brothers and parents = I love either more or equal to my 4dogs. More $$$ Are given to Cancer, American Heart Association, etc Than Any Animal Charity.

  7. Yes!! I cried more to a dog than the death of a human! even if they are familiar! The death of the people I forget soon! The death of a dog makes me cry forever and I carry it in my heart forever !! ❤️

  8. I believe that man was given the dog to be man’s best friend. So that we could learn from them what unconditional LOVE looks like so that we could be more like Jesus. Unfortunately we think we’re the smart ones and that the dog learns from us. Think about it… why else would a dog be called dog and man’s best friend… What’s doG spelled backwards anyway!!! I’m gonna go give my doG a huge hug!

  9. It’s hard to tell whose real nowadays, but for most parts, a bulldog is gonna be a bulldog and a labrador is gonna be a labrador, I can’t say the same for a Peter or a Julia.

  10. its funny people think its horrible to eat a dog..but ok to eat cow,pig,chickens, deer..makes no sense..its all animals..btw i don’t own pets..

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