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Hallelujah, it's the best news ever! A study has proven that
watching cat videos online can be a positive stimulus and help to increase their productivity.
Jessica Gall Myrick, an assistant professor at Indiana
University, Bloomington recently surveyed about 7,000 people to study how cat
videos affected their moods. Her research was published in the latest issue of 'Computers in Human Behavior'.
"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. "If we want to
better understand the effects the Internet may have on us as individuals and on
society, then researchers can't ignore Internet cats anymore."
36 percent of the participants in Myrick's study identified themselves
as a "cat person," and 60 percent said they were fans of both cats and dogs.
After completing the study, people reported that they felt more energetic and
positive. They felt less anxiety, sadness and annoyance.
Many people also reported that they watched cat videos as a
form of procrastination from their daily tasks. However, Myrick doesn't see
that as a bad thing.
"Even if they are watching cat videos on YouTube to
procrastinate or while they should be working, the emotional payoff may
actually help people take on tough tasks afterward," Myrick said.
So, go ahead and press play on any of the cat videos below. They're good for you.