You know how adults sometimes say, “I like animals more than humans?” Well, apparently, it seems that children feel the exact same way, and may even prefer animals over their own flesh and blood!
A study from the University of Cambridge has concluded that not only do children get more satisfaction from their relationships with their furry friends than with their brothers or sisters, but that household animals also have a positive impact on children’s social skills and emotional well-being.
Researchers looked at 12-year-olds from 77 households with one or more pets of any type and more than one child at home.
According to the survey, children reported having stronger bonds and even lower levels of conflict in their relationships with their pets than compared to the ones with their siblings.
”Even though pets may not fully understand or respond verbally, the level of disclosure to pets was no less than to siblings,” explains Matt Cassells from the university’s Department of Psychiatry. “The fact that pets cannot understand or talk back may even be a benefit as it means they are completely non-judgmental.
Just goes to show how much of an impact animals truly have on our lives! Maybe they should consider changing the saying from “man’s best friend” to “boy’s best friend” instead.