Roomba, Neato, Eufy, Roborock… These names undoubtedly mean something to you. These are robot vacuum cleaners which are more and more present in our interiors thanks to ever more affordable prices . And while we almost get used to seeing them on a daily basis, they also take an increasing place in our life. The situation takes such a turn that some owners develop a strange attachment towards their robotic companions.
Vacuum cleaners, receivers of our confidences
Jess, a Roomba user, who is also a Twitch streamer in Toronto, indulges in this surprising confidence.
Scoopy? This is the name of his robot vacuum cleaner, which therefore joins the brotherhood As the Debugger article, relayed by Slate, notes, this trend is not completely new. Human beings have already “anthropomorphized” their animals, their gods and even their cars. Roomba, and other robot vacuum cleaners, however, is distinguished by two factors.
Your robot vacuum cleaner therefore becomes a real member of your family, like your animals and would offer the same type of link, of support. Its presence (more or less silent) then becomes qSomething that is sometimes essential.
In 2007, a study conducted by Roomba found that owners of the robot vacuum were not shy about giving it a nickname. Others feel guilty if they don't use the device enough, sometimes feeling like they've given it up. And when the robot gets stuck, one would then feel the impression of “coming to the rescue”, as one would help his cat stranded in a tree.
One area remains in which cats still keep the advantage (and that shouldn't change anytime soon), they are real internet stars. Who wants to see the latest nonsense of a robot vacuum on YouTube or TikTok? They can sleep peacefully, cats are still the masters of the Internet. For dogs, we can't promise anything.