View Full Version : Academic Journal: Watching Cat Videos on the Net Might be Good for You

07-03-2015, 10:19 PM
Wait til the Mooch forces us all to watch cat videos while eating arugula!



... new study, published in Computers in Human Behavior, suggests that watching cat videos on the internet might actually be good for you...

After watching cat-related online media, participants reported feeling more energetic and experiencing an increase in positive emotions like hope and contentment. They also reported less anxiety and sadness than they had before watching videos. It seems that clicking over to YouTube for a quick jaunt through the kitten tag may help you combat feelings like annoyance and guilt and steel you for the day ahead by boosting positive emotions.,,,

There are a lot of caveats here though, so we are a far cry from officially prescribing cat videos as a form of therapy. The demographics skewed heavily to women and white people (88.4 percent and 90.4 percent respectively) with an average age of 39 years. This is not a finding we can generalize to the rest of the internet-using public. Additionally, rather than surveying people directly before and after viewing a video, participants were asked to recall the last time they had viewed cat videos or photos online. A general tip to keep in mind when interpreting studies like this: human recall is a fickle thing.

... Some people may think watching online cat videos isnít a serious enough topic for academic research, but the fact is that itís one of the most popular uses of the Internet today. If we want to better understand the effects the Internet may have on us as individuals and on society, then researchers canít ignore Internet cats anymore...As a media researcher and online cat video viewer, I felt compelled to gather some data about this pop culture phenomenon.

07-03-2015, 10:29 PM

07-04-2015, 09:16 AM
Kats are ebil!!!!! :biggrin-new:

07-05-2015, 12:58 PM