Online dating is no longer the taboo it once was, but what about online pet matchmaking? As The Atlantic reports, more websites such as PawsLikeMe.com are starting to use personality quizzes to match people with prospective doggos and kitties to take home with them — and folks, we're just not sure how we feel about this one.
On one hand, it's absolutely wonderful that some of these websites (including PawsLikeMe.com) use the services to match people with shelter or rescue animals. We're supportive of any person or any company that wants to bring sweet pets in need of a loving home to the families they rightfully deserve.
There's also research that might support the idea of matching pets and people based on personality; one 2013 survey found that many dog owners were satisfied with their pets if they shared important personality traits — such as a love for running outside, ability to get along with others, and tendency to share possessions. And it's not just the canines with varying traits; a 2017 study recently identified five distinct personality — or purrsonality — traits for cats, including friendliness, skittishness, and dominance. Surely, such distinct types of kitties ought to have equally specific types of owners, right?
But on the other hand, we can't help but wonder if an online quiz can really predict how well you'll get along with a cat or dog — or any pet, for that matter — when you come face to face with the animal. Back in our days, we went inside the shelter or the pet store to gauge our potential pets' personalities in real life. Although we admit that real-life first impressions aren't always accurate, it's hard to deny the magic of just knowing a cat or dog is just right with you — and instantly cuddling the good boy or girl right there on the spot, rather than having to wait.
But like anything involving cute cats and dogs, we have to admit that we're a little curious. If you are, too, you can test out a popular pet matchmaking personality quiz for yourself to see which furry friend you "should" end up with, according to PawsLikeMe.com. Do you see a wagging tail in your future?
Next, see 10 very good dogs before and after being told how good they are in the video below:
h/t The Atlantic