Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thoughtless Thursday #3: Does Your Sapien Love You More than Their Partner?

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I recently came across an article on Mashable that relayed the a research finding: "1 in 10 Women Loves Her Pet More Than Her Partner." After following through the link to the study, I was presented with The Brooke's report, which at first glance doesn't appear to be a strong report.

Why wouldn't 1 in 10 women love me...wait why not more!?
First, the article initially references a study but does not mention who conducted the survey.
One in ten women claim they love their pet MORE than their partner, a study revealed yesterday.
It is only after six lines do we learn who conducted the study-The Brooke itself.
It’s not surprising then that a whopping 81 per cent of women said they consider their pets as part of the family, the poll by animal welfare charity the Brooke revealed.
I was merely curious why a Media Release wouldn't mention the study conductor earlier. Maybe this is normal for these kinds of articles?

Aside from that, this researched figure is very interesting. It seems like a low number actually! 10%! I think both of my sapiens love me more than the other, but that is just my opinion! Let's take a look at some of the results that The Brooke has provided:
  • 50% said they loved their pet more after having an argument with their partner
    • This seems accurate. Although I think both of my sapiens love me more in these situations!
  • 10% felt guilty that they loved their pet more while 41% said they did not feel bad at all
    • Should they or shouldn't they? I'll take more un-guilty love any day!
  • 81% considered pets as part of the family
    • Who are you 19%?!?
  • 14% considered getting a tattoo of their pet's name
    • What ever just happened to 'Mom' with roses?
  • 33% let us sleep on their beds, 16% let us sleep in their bed
    • Still no luck for me on this one
This was a study conducted in the UK, so maybe the numbers may be a little different based on our cultural differences in the States. Someone should perform a survey! Me???

How did you feel about some of the statistics presented by The Brooke?

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References: Mashable, The Brooke


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  1. Hi Ruckus! and Happy Thoughtless Thursday!
    Very interesting post! I had heard nothing about this lol
    I think of my pack as my babies of course, but I wouldn't say I love any member of my family more then the if my hubby caught me saying that, I don't think he would appreciate it Hahaha!
    Have a great day!
    ((Husky hugz frum da pack))

  2. I may or may not like Beamer more than the fiance. Beamer's just a better listener and cuddler :P

    Happy Thoughtless Thursday.

  3. Hahaha that is more comical,yes I love my boy Speedy,do I love him more than his dad?Some times it feels that way but no its two different types of love but equal love,xx Rachel

  4. Yikes! I don't think I can answer this on the grounds that....well, never mind. I love them all the same!! Very interesting survey though!! Happy Thoughtless Thursday!

  5. Of course they love their pets more. Was this in question? Silly humans. Thanks for the hop!

  6. We have no one else so the answer is YES.
    Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. Well put it this way - if Mom had to save us from a burning fire - it would be much easier to carry us out then Dad :) :) :)

    1. HAHA you two are funny. I cannot resist the thought that it's so true though.

  8. Love it! I know Mom says we are the most important beings in her life. Lucky for us to be so loved!

  9. Hey Ruckus. I don't think those numbers are surprising and I think they would be higher in the US!

  10. We love our pets - but never let them into our beds….and just my opinion - I think the "love" for a pet is different than the "Love we have for humans - maybe even a semantics problem with word choice- but woof - go pets - because they do make the world a better, richer place!

  11. Ruckus, I think you should conduct a survey and get some REAL answers to these questions!

  12. This was fascinating. Mom always asks me to jump into her lap to cuddle and watch a movie - Dad just sits in his chair so I believe this to be true. Happy Thursday!

  13. Hmmm I dont love my dogs more, but I love them second after my partner. They are my family and I am closer to them than all family and friends other then my husband. I feel no guilt about this at all. I have chosen not to have children and I feel that my pets are my family.

    Retro Rover

  14. We don't think it really matters. But then, we only have one human.

  15. Pets are part of the family and get to sleep on the bed here!

  16. Ooooooh. This is a tough one. I love my sweet Hunny best and always will,. I think it's cowardly to love your dog more than your spouse. Loving your dog isn't difficult, doesn't really require sacrifice and change. Loving your spouse does. I'm not saying for everyone, since everyone's situation is different, but mostly I think it's a selfish response. Don't get me wrong, owning a dog requires sacrifice, but loving it does not, typically.

  17. Eeek sorry about the link, I tried to change it now but I have to admit I'm terrible at this! (For instance, how do I include the link if I plan the post the day before since I am not around in the morning to get the current link?! Sorry, you probably wish you hadn't asked me!).

    This was a really interesting article. I can't believe there are that many people that don't consider their pet part of the family. That is so strange to me! Thanks for sharing and thanks for your patience :-)

  18. Interesting study! The Husband is #1, but Moses and Alma are definitely close at his heels!
    I heard of a study once that people would save their dogs' lives over an unknown person's when given the hypothetical (e.g. the train is coming and you can only save one).

    1. Oh that is a good study! I wonder what really would happen in a real life situation. Hopefully it will never have to come to that!

  19. I certainly wouldn't say i love Bentley more than my husband or kids but if you go further out on the family tree...BOL!!

  20. Great study !
    I know I met the right partner since I love him as much as my cats...

  21. If I had to choose between my husband and my cat and dog? I love my husband but the pets win.........sorry

  22. Thanks for finding me :)

    I am starting to be more attached to my puppy than I thought I two months she has graduated to sleeping in bed with us and curling on the couch..haha

  23. I'm sorry to say, but I really think my dad loves me more than he loves my mom. He is kissing me goodnight before he kisses my mom. And actually my mom might love me more than she loves my dad, because I get all the kisses before my dad does. So they are egual LOL.

  24. I love my pets way more, they just hold a special bond. What can I say???

  25. Oh, I love this post! I might have to mention this study on my blog as well. It goes very well with my latest novel! (It starts with a young widow who has just lost both her dog and her hubby to cancer within weeks of each other, but she's sadder about the dog...) :)

  26. What a wonderful topic you bring up Ruckus! I have to say that my mom does like to spend a little bit more time with me then my dad! But, he spoils me just as much! :)

  27. What an interesting topic and survey! I am not surprised by any of the information contained within the survey.
    As a woman that has been happily married almost 25 years, I will not say that I love my dogs more than my husband but they are definitely better listeners!

  28. The only one that surprised me was that 19% don't consider the pet part of the family…That's one in five! Which rock are all those people hiding under?

  29. I do love my husband more than my dogs. It may not show because I don't talk to him with my super-happy voice, go all goo-goo-ga-ga over him whenever he does something cute, or get really excited when he obeys my commands. ;)

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