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We say ‘I love you’ to the dog more often than to our mother

The Dutch are more likely to say “I love you” to their pets than to their own parents. People most often say that they love them to their partners and their children.

This according to a survey of the magazine Quest Psychology.

Once a month I love you

The I-love-you-internet survey, among over 3000 people, is part of an article in the new edition of Quest Psychology. 45 percent of those in the survey say “I love you” to their partner at least once a month. Children are number two with 44 percent. Out of three: our pets. 35 percent say it to their four-legged friend at least monthly. Mothers and fathers have to make do with 26 and 17 percent respectively.

Do you have to say I love you?

The magazine article, available today, addresses the question: Is it bad if parents never say “I love you” to their children? The American professor Kory Floyd, who researches affective communication (which involves feeling, ed.), Says that children should above all feel that their parents love them. “They don’t necessarily have to hear that for that.” When you ask children (ages 3 to 7) how they know their parents loved them, the most common answer is that their parents are playing or doing something with them, such as playing around, playing a game, or reading together.

We want to hear it more often

Parents who never say “I love you” to their kids are a minority at 6 percent, the survey found. 4 percent of those surveyed never say those words to their loved one. Another 4 percent have never said “I love you” to anyone at all.

And are the respondents themselves told often enough that someone loves them? Not really. 67 percent would like to hear the words more often.

Also read: 7 Behavior Changes That Make You Know Your Loved One Is Lying

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