Over at Yahoo! News, they have the results of a very odd poll. It turns out that of 23,000 people polled, 21% would prefer to spend Valentine's Day with a pet rather than a spouse. You can follow the link back for the gory details, but let's just say it's not a surprise that only a tenth of the French prefer dogs to people on V-Day (is France the one where they eat dogs?). Read: 5 Ways To Get Psyched For Valentine's Day
I understand that pets are pretty loyal, and will stand by you for as long as you remember to feed them. But it seems as if someone is doing him- or herself a pretty big disservice by preferring the company of domesticated animals to that of lovers and potential love interests.
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I'm not just bagging on cat ladies*, either. There are plenty of dog bros out there who are equally odd. But if we learned one thing from The Jungle Book, it's that people really need the company of people. Sure, Lord Greystoke felt more at home amongst the apes, but let's call him the exception that proves the rule. The rule being that humans are really selling themselves short by preferring the company of pets over their own species (and don't get me started on the idea of genetically engineering an alien body, transferring your consciousness to that body and cavorting with the local blue skins). Read: Single On V-Day? Embrace Your Inner Cat Lady
While our understanding of the human condition is spotty at best (we know more about the core of the moon), it's probably fair to say that well-adjusted people prefer quality time with other people, even if there is a risk of rejection and a chance for awkwardness. This goes double for romance.
In summary, let's all be at least as nice to people as we are to our pets (unless you dog-fight, which is wrong nearly 100% of the time). That's probably a better way to find long-term, healthy fulfillment.
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By the way, I'd like to point out that, in Turkey, almost 50% of those interviewed preferred animal companionship on Valentine's Day over that of a lover. I'd also like to point out that the country is named after an animal.
*Note: Women obsessed with birds are far more concerning than those with cat fetishes.