NEW YORK WEATHER

Have you noticed more cats riding in strollers lately? Or bumper stickers that read, “I love my granddogs”? You are not imagining it. More people are investing serious time, money and attention in their pets.

It looks an awful lot like parenting, but of pets, not people.

Can this kind of caregiving toward animals really be considered parenting? Or is something else going on here?

I am an anthropologist who studies human-animal interactions, a field known as anthrozoology. I want to better understand the behaviour of pet parenting by people from the perspective of evolutionary science. After all, cultural norms and evolutionary biology both suggest people should focus on raising their own children, not animals of a completely different species

Child-free people

The current moment is unique in human history. Many societies, including the United States, are experiencing major changes in how people live, work and socialise. Fertility rates are low, and people have more flexibility in how they choose to live their lives.

These factors can lead people to further their education and value defining themselves as an individual over family obligations. With basics taken care of, people can focus on higher-order psychological needs like feelings of achievement and a sense of purpose.

The scene is set for people to actively choose to focus on pets instead of…

Read more

donate button
Please choose the donation payment system

Donation Information

I would like to make a donation in the amount of:

$1,000$500$100$50Other

I would like this donation to repeat each month

Tribute Gift

Check here to donate in honor or memory of someone

Donor Information

Add me to your mailing list

NEW YORK WEATHER

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *