Over 2 million cat videos have been uploaded to YouTube with over 25 Billion views and their category has the highest views per video;
cats are an Internet sensation!
But how many of us are guilty of spending time watching the antics of cats such as ‘Maru’, ‘Lil Bub’ or ‘Grumpy Cat’ when really we had other things we should have been doing?
Well maybe we don’t have to feel so guilty now, a study released recently shows that watching cat videos online boosts viewers’ energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings.
The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior by Jessica Gall Myrick, an Indiana University Media Scholl researcher, surveyed around 7,000 people about their cat video habits and how it affects their moods with around 36% of participants described themselves as a ‘cat person’.
It was found that after viewing Internet cats the levels of each self-reported negative emotional state measured in the study were lower and levels of each positive emotion were higher. So rather than watching cat videos being a form of procrastination it could actually mean that after watching a cat video you feel happier and more energetic and therefore more productive in your work.
Another bonus of cat videos is that they could be a form of digital therapy. Several studies
have already been done that show spending time with pets, such as cats; can be very beneficial for our wellbeing both mentally and physically. Pets are often used as therapy and this latest study suggests that viewing online videos of cats may actually function as a form of digital pet therapy and/or stress relief for Internet users; a big plus for those who miss out on therapy sessions due to time/travel/financial constraints.
This study will hopefully spark other researchers interests in studying the psychological effects our pets have on us. Imagine the future where a therapy session was watching videos of cats for a period of time!
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