A survey of 24,000 people in 23 countries found that at least 21-percent of adults would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their pets. The French were least likely to pick a pet with only 10-percent choosing that option. While the Turkish were most likely, at 49-percent, to choose their pet over their spouse.
“Likely defying stereotype, the desire to spurn a partner for a pet is not rooted in gender but rather age and even there it seems the older you are, the least likely it is you’d choose pet over partner,” said John Wright, senior vice-president of Ipsos.
Yes, men and women were evenly split over the question.
According to the joint poll by Reuters/Ipsos, 25-percent of those under 35 opted for their pet while only 18-percent of those between 35 and 54 did. And after the age of 54 the number dropped to 14-percent.
Income is as much of a factor as age is. Those choosing pets over people were more likely to be those who have a lower income (24-percent) compared to those who were middle or higher income earners (20-percent).
“While there are country differences, it’s more of a personal choice made by younger and less affluent individuals.”
India took second place at 41-percent, then Japan with 30-percent and China with a close 29-percent. The U.S. came in fifth with 27-percent. Rounding out the bottom alongside France were Mexico (11-percent), the Netherlands (12-percent) and Hungary (12-percent).