The piece goes on to detail the reasons behind voices often resembling those of children: "That comes from treating animals like kids. There’s been a funny switch in understanding our relationship to dogs, from ‘master’ to ‘parent.’ It used to be, ‘I’m the master of the dog.’ Now, ‘Oh, I’m the dog’s dad,’" Gray said.
As if you weren't depressed enough already, there's an even bleaker impetus behind the voices: crippling loneliness. Gray states that the lonelier people are, the more likely they are to anthropomorphize inanimate objects and animals -- because, you know, there's no one else around to talk to. Womp Womp.