Pets lead way to more friend­ships

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

PETS are be­ing pro­moted as a way to re­duce so­cial iso­la­tion, fol­low­ing re­cent re­search.

The Pet Fac­tor study, con­ducted in part by the Univer­sity of WA, found that 54 per cent of peo­ple had got to know some­one in their neigh­bour­hood as a di­rect re­sult of their pet.

One quar­ter of peo­ple said they had met at least one per­son through their pet.

Lead au­thor of the study, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Lisa Wood from UWA, said pets cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­ter­per­sonal in­ter­ac­tions that could lead to deep hu­man friend­ships.

“Pets can be an ice-breaker when meet­ing some­one new and a talk­ing point with friends or ac­quain­tances, which gives pet own­ers a wider so­cial net­work and a greater sense of com­mu­nity,” she said.

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