1. 95% of dogs will help their owners clean by licking up food dropped on the floor. 12% of cats will deign to sniff it before walking away.
2. 92% of dogs will protect their owners by barking at strangers. 1% of cats will protect their owners if they feel like it.
3. 71% of dogs are trained to sit on command. 100% of cats will sit when they feel like it.
Okay–what did you think of this? Are dogs better than cats because of their habits? Here’s the background. A friend posted an article on Facebook comparing the habits of two groups of people. It was obvious the writer greatly preferred one group, looked down on the other, and hope to influence the reader to agree. For that reason, I decided to write this blog because this is often done and we are so easily manipulated.
Reading an column, we should look at who the writer is and what that writer’s point of view is. The writer of those three comparisions between dogs and cats seems fairly obviously a dog person. (For the sake of fairness, I have to admit that I am the person who wrote this–as if you haven’t guessed– and really love both canines and felines.)
Fact check. Did these statistics come from the writer’s brain, a trusted and professional study, or a study done by Dogs-Who-Hate-Cats? Don’t be manipulated by a prejudiced writer or by facts and figures that may not be based on anything other than that they fit with our ideas and we like to find someone else who agrees.
Ask yourself: are there other factors that could explain these? Well, of course, more dogs back than cats because they ARE dogs!
Here’s another and different examples: What do you think could explain this difference in habits? Again, numbers are made up. 75% of men shower once a day. 23% women do. We could jump to the conclusion that men are cleaner than women. But the truth could also be 1) Many women prefer to take a bath or 2) Some women shower twice a day.
In this age of great divisions with each group claim their own set of facts, I believe it is more important than ever to read responsibly, to check out the “facts” given, and to decide if this is information you need to consider or ill-founded propaganda.