At least, that’s what Maryanne Fisher, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Saint Mary’s, says.
Fisher analyzed 750 dating profiles of both men and women and asked respondents whether they were looking for a long-term relationship or just a fling. The psychologist has published her findings in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science.
80% of men who hoped to find a serious relationship online had at least one picture of themselves with a dog on their profile. The gentlemen who shared photos of their muscular body, motorcycle or boat were mainly active on the dating apps to score a fling. This would be about 5 out of 10 men.
According to Fisher, the single men want to show potential partners that they are trustworthy and responsible with a selfie of their dog. “Having a dog is a huge responsibility. Not just financially. You also have to take good care of the animal, give it love and attention,” she explains further in the Times of London. “With a photo of their dog on their profile, they send out a signal: I am willing to invest in a relationship too.”
But beware, Fischer says. There are also men who practice ‘dogfishing’. In addition, the singles borrow a four-legged friend from someone to pose with it for their dating profile. That way they make others think they have a dog (and are therefore trustworthy and responsible), but that’s just an appearance.
One single admitted to Fisher borrowing a dog from someone for a selfie. “I added that photo to my profile to make it more attractive, so that singles get interested.”
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