This Is Why Funny Cat Videos Are Good For You

INSHPublished: January 30, 2018
Published: January 30, 2018

The internet is a wealth of information connecting the world, and shaping our history. It also has a lot of cat videos, over 2 million cat videos in fact, with more than 25 billion collective views. What’s the deal with our feline fixation? Could it be more than just entertainment?

One study claims that watching cat videos may be good for your mental health. People report having more positive emotions and energy after watching cat clips. In addition they also have fewer negative emotions like anxiety, annoyance and sadness. Despite these benefits only 25% of the viewers say they actively seek out cat content. While the majority of the audience just stumble upon it while they surf.

Since cat videos started going viral in 2006, some interesting trends have emerged. Cat owners and animal workers are the most likely audiences. People who watch large volumes of cat videos tend to be shy, yet agreeable, and most consumers of feline flicks also share their own cat media with the world.

Given that we are constantly surrounded with negativity on the media, it is nice to get distracted with something that will put a smile on your face, at least for a little while. So, you shouldn’t feel guilty for being a close fan of cat videos. Research is showing there’s a beneficial side of watching kitty clips.

A researcher at Indiana University Bloomington assessed nearly 7,000 participants in an effort to establish why cat videos are so popular online. More precisely, YouTube lists 2 million videos featuring cats, and that content has helped contribute to an overall of 26 billion view count and growing. Researchers have discovered that videos of cats just make people happy and you should stick to this fact the next time you find yourself indulging in funny cat compilations.

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