Watching Cat Videos Increases Energy, Positive Emotions

June 22, 2015


In news that shouldn't surprise anybody who's ever watched a video of a cat too big to fit in a cardboard box still try to fit in that box, a new study indicates that watching cat videos boosts energy and positive emotions. *opens Youtube* Make me smile, cats, give me energy.

The study, by assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick, surveyed almost 7,000 people about their viewing of cat videos and how it affects their moods. It was published in the latest issue of Computers in Human Behavior.

Participants in Myrick's study reported:

They were more energetic and felt more positive after watching cat-related online media than before.
They had fewer negative emotions, such as anxiety, annoyance and sadness, after watching cat-related online media than before.
They often view Internet cats at work or during studying.
The pleasure they got from watching cat videos outweighed any guilt they felt about procrastinating.
Cat owners and people with certain personality traits, such as agreeableness and shyness, were more likely to watch cat videos.
About 25 percent of the cat videos they watched were ones they sought out; the rest were ones they happened upon.

I just watched two hours of cat videos and I can honestly say I feel amazing. But is that because of the videos or because I was sticking it to the man by not doing any work for two hours? I plan on testing my hypothesis by watching two hours of cartoons at work tomorrow. I do science, it's chill.

Thanks to LB, who agrees cat videos are an important part of a balanced breakfast.

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