Get pet­tin’ for quick lovin’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - IANS

Look­ing for love or want to make new friends? We sug­gest you get a dog. A ca­nine com­pan­ion can dra­mat­i­cally help you ex­pand your so­cial net­work, as well as act as a stress-buster.

A re­cent study has found that al­most half of Bri­tons (46%) think lov­ing an­i­mals makes a per­son more at­trac­tive, with women more likely to be at­tracted to an­i­mal lovers (49%) than men (40%). The sur­vey of more than 2,000 Bri­tish adults also found that pet own­ers were per­ceived to have pos­i­tive char­ac­ter traits.

Around a third (32%) of Bri­tons sur­veyed said they thought some­one with a dog was more likely to be loyal, com­pas­sion­ate and kind.

But it was not just ro­mance that dogs can help out with. Al­most half (46%) of peo­ple sur­veyed found that walk­ing a dog was one of the eas­i­est ways to mak­ing friends.

It may ex­plain why 29% of dog own­ers have re­port­edly met life­long friends while walk­ing their pets. The sur­vey, con­ducted by Di­rect Line, isn’t the first to sug­gest that dogs can help hu­mans make con­nec­tions with each other.

A pre­vi­ous study from the Tufts Univer­sity in the US found that peo­ple who have strong con­nec­tions to their pets also have so­cial and re­la­tion­ship ben­e­fits. The re­searchers sur­veyed 500 peo­ple be­tween the ages of 18 and 26, and found that those who had “strong at­tach­ment to pets re­ported feel­ing more con­nected to their com­mu­ni­ties and re­la­tion­ships”.

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