Monday, June 22, 2015

Watch more cat videos on internet to be happy ...

Enjoy watching clips with Grumpy cat or Colonel Meow? Or do you feel “positive” just looking at Snoopy the Cat? Then don’t stop browsing YouTube for more adorable felines, as a recent study shows these videos are a form of low-cost pet therapy.

At least 7,000 cat-lovers were questioned by assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick from Indiana University Media School for her study entitled, “Emotion regulation, procrastination, and watching cat videos online: Who watches Internet cats, why, and to what effect?”

Myrick tested the motivations of participants “for consuming cat-related content,” be it for killing time or for treating a depression.

The study has been posted on, a website for scientific, technical, and medical research. It is to be published in Computers in Human Behavior journal in November.

“Some people may think watching online cat videos isn’t a serious enough topic for academic research, but the fact is that it’s one of the most popular uses of the Internet today,” Myrick said. More + videos...

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