How you treat your pet could be helping (or hindering) your dating life.
The terms pet parents and fur children are testament to how society and family structure are changing to not only include two-legged family members, but also those that are furry and four-legged. As the way we treat our pets changes, so does the way they affect our lives.
Our dogs and cats are more like children than pets, and that means they influence our lives in major ways. One way in particular has to do with love and relationships.
According to a study performed by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, the way people treat their pets (and whether or not they have pets) plays a significant role in how people are attracted to them. The study gathered information from a group of 1,210 single participants that were registered on match.com.
Here's what they learned:
- 58% of women in their 20s said they are more attracted to potential partners if they have pets.
- 22% of men admit to using their pet to attract a potential date.
- 47% of women and 29% of men say how a pet reacts to their owner affects their opinion of the owner.
- 46% of women and 24% of men admit they're more likely to initiate communication with someone on an online dating site if they include a pet in their profile picture.
- 83% of women and 52% of men judge a potential partner's personality based on what kind of pet they have. Dog ownership is apparently more desirable than cat ownership.
Overall, researchers concluded:
"Women showed more discerning views than men with regard to the role of pets in their dating lives..."
But with those numbers, the study proves that owning a pet has a significant chance in improving your love life regardless of gender and sexuality.
So there you have it, not only do pets provide invaluable companionship and affection, they also open doors to human relationships. If you're not happy with your love life, a four-legged wingman may be the answer to your relationship struggles.