More than half of pet owners find socialising 'easier' upon getting a four-legged friend, a study has found.
The findings emerged following research into social anxiety and the impact pets can have in reducing symptoms associated with the condition.
With increasing social isolation and loneliness on the rise, the research found that nine in ten adults become less lonely when they become a pet owner. And two thirds say they experienced a new sense of purpose in life since getting a cat or dog.
The study alose found that one in five adults are now 'more comfortable' interacting with people online than they are with face-to-face meetings, a third admit feeling nervous when meeting people face-to-face for the first time, and nearly half experience pangs of worry at the mere thought of going out even with their own friends.
Corinne Sweet, humanistic psychotherapist and author, said: “Building a relationship with a pet is a major step towards breaking down feelings of isolation, loneliness and anxiety."
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