I genuinely can't tell if they are playing it up for the press or trolling us at this point. "Most people tried to do a romance". Yeah, no shit. We are playtesting the game and we are going to check where some of these paths lead. It doesn't necessarily mean we have to be particularly interested (or satisfied) with where that part of the game led us.
Also, do you know a lot of people patted the dog very often? I'm sure it has nothing to to with being an exploitable and repeatable way to "farm" good reputation with most of your companions.