Why are millennials obsessed with dogs?

«The only thing that keeps me through my 30s is a cranky, agoraphobic Chihuahua named Midge“, writing Amanda Mull, journalist for the magazine The Atlantic. Personally, I give the same high, stupid little cry when I see a cute dog, and I can’t count the number of my friends who have adopted one since the start of the Covid.

For Amanda Mull, Midge has been the perfect containment partner. She gave him back the notion of time, forced him to get up, to go out. In the United States, adoptions have only increased since the start of Covid-19, to the point that some shelters simply did not have any more animals to donate.

American millennials (born in the 80s and 90s) have become greatest adopters than the baby boomer generation. So much so that one in two would currently have a dog, even more among those who have a stable income and have had a long education. And this, even if this generation is delaying investment, move-in and marriage projects compared to previous generations. The dog is no longer necessarily the best friend of families.

Amanda Mull adopts her dog at a time when she is “frustrated with everything else», Her love story has just ended, she does a job that she loves but little paid, has difficulty finding an apartment. She was 32 years old at the time and realized that at her age her mother was married, pregnant and the owner of a house.

For others, adopting a dog is a sort of dress rehearsal for living with children. In addition, dogs (cute and loving) are also a social marker, considers the journalist. They give an impression of stability while being cheaper than a child.

According to Pat Shipman, anthropologist and author of several books on the links between canines and humans, dogs have been our companions for 40,000 years. They adapted to us, not only because we started to feed them, but also to be able to communicate more easily with us with new muscles in the eyebrows which made them more expressive. Deindustrialization has completed the domestication of dogs. Thus, many studies show its influence on mental health humans. Dogs would make it possible to fight against isolation, to support mourning, to better manage trauma …

No wonder then that this generation, more anxious than the previous ones, sees it as a remedy for his discomfort.

Source: Slate.fr by www.slate.fr.

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