We see cats everywhere from the streets to a friend's home—and mostly roaming around the internet as funny cat videos or memes. But have you ever wondered what made cat videos so popular that they became one of social media's biggest stars?
This is where science comes in!
The study, published in the latest issue of Computers in Human Behavior, found that watching these adorable and cute cat videos boosts the viewer's positive emotions, which gives them an energy boost and decreases whatever negative feelings they have, including sadness and anxiety.
Researcher Jessica Gall Myrick found in her study that watching cat videos online is not really a waste of time, but is "a way we subconsciously regulate our emotions and try to get a little boost." Because cat videos are cute and funny, Myrick thinks that the cat video side of the internet are a sort of a positive emotional oasis, apart from the other madness we see on social media that tends to be serious, leaving you feeling sad or annoyed. (via mentalfloss.com)
"A short cat video can give someone the energy to maybe attend to more important news or tasks afterward." —Jessica Gall Myrick
So next time your parents nag at you for watching cat videos all day rather than doing school work, bookmark this page and show them how cat videos can help you and your wellbeing.