Study: Dogs get depressed when owners overuse smartphones

Study: Dogs get depressed when owners overuse smartphones
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[Ed. – Probably true.  I know it depresses the heck out of me.  There’s no point in even being with people who are just hunched over their smartphones.]

A new study shows dogs may become more anxious and possibly suffer from depression when their owners overuse their smartphones. …

Philadelphia veterinarian Dr. Alexander Collada said he has seen the effects of smart phone usage on pets. Dogs are very good at reading our subtle cues.

“Dogs do read body language, they read our eye contact,” Collada said. “They read our facial expressions, so if we are on our phone and acting disinterested, and they’re looking for attention, it basically is ignoring your dog.”

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