Study Says Dogs Make Everything Better – Even Your Depressing Job

How can you argue with that? A study coming out of Central Michigan University claims that the “social catalyst” property of dogs can translate to a better office environment.  Durr…yea.  Maybe even enough so to keep Foxconn workers from offing themselves.  I want that place crawling with Pekingese stat.

[Christopher] Honts found that those who had had a dog to slobber and pounce on them ranked their team-mates more highly on measures of trust, team cohesion and intimacy than those who had not.

But wait.  Not only did the dog make people think their coworkers were more awesome, it actually made them more awesome too.

In the other experiment, which used 13 groups, the researchers explored how the presence of an animal altered players’ behaviour in a game known as the prisoner’s dilemma. Having a dog around made volunteers 30% less likely to snitch than those who played without one.

Dogs just make everyone’s quality of life so much better that they can’t even be their regular jerk-off selves to each other.  They start getting each other’s back and whatnot, it’s beautiful.  Everyone should have to have an office-dog that lives at their workplace instead of their house.  Think about it.  Look me in the eye and tell me a French bulldog running around your cubicle can’t cure a case of the Mondays.

The Economist via Freakonomics


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