A team of researchers at Michigan state university have evidence that confirms what many have long suspected: People love their dogs more than their kids.
The research team led by Dr. April Mgonke took real time scans of subjects brains and looked at specific areas of the brain that became active when subjects were asked either about their pets or their children.
"We saw that areas in the brain associated with long term affection and love lit up quite a bit more when subjects talked about their pets." Mgonke said, "In many subjects areas in the brain associated with parenting were even more active when people talked about their pets."
Mgonke talked about the teams initial conclusions about the research.
"Humans have such strong parental instincts, we think that's what this shows. Dogs and Pets serve that parenting need in many humans and so people are happy to be in a perpetual state of parenthood. 90% of the people who showed more activity in these specific areas of the brain when talking about their dogs admitted that that they did love their dogs more than their kids, and nearly 90% of them said they wouldn't admit that to their kids."
Afterlife Dog Care
It's common for pet owners to make arrangements to have their pets taken care of by friends and family members when they die, and owners have even left millions of dollars in trust to facilitate pet care when they are gone.
Where the pet goes the money goes, wills have given money not to the dog but to the person who takes care of the dog. The surviving children of a Phildelphia millionaire sued each other with each faction claiming that the other was unfit to care for the dog. Ultimately the judge gave the Chesterton family members equal time to take care of the dog along with an equal share in the $10,000 monthly stipend from their mothers estate.
So the next time someone complains that the family pet is loved more than they are, it just might be true.