In news that will probably surprise no one, science has found that watching cat videos is genuinely good for your health.
Indiana University Media School researcher Jessica Gall Myrick surveyed almost 7,000 people about how watching cat videos affects their mood. Here are some of the positive effects they reported:
'They were more energetic and felt more positive.'
'They had fewer negative emotions, such as anxiety, annoyance and sadness.'
When they viewed cat videos at work or whilst studying, the pleasure 'outweighed any guilt they felt about procrastinating.'
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Jessica suggests that the positive benefits of watching cat videos before getting on with work 'may actually help people take on tough tasks afterward' — so now you know what to say to your boss next time they catch you taking a Lil Bub break.
The most popular sites for participants to watch cat videos on were Facebook, YouTube, Buzzfeed and I Can Haz Cheezburger. 36% of subjects described themselves as 'a cat person' and 60% said they like cats and dogs.
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The other 4% said they didn't like cats, meaning they can't have seen this gif yet...
This post was written by Abi Wilkinson. For more, check out our sister site The Debrief.
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