watching cat videos can be good for your health

20 Jun

Most of love watching cat videos. We search for them, comment on them and share them on our social sites. Sometimes we even call our friends and family over to show them a extremely funny cat video. They come over and watch it and then tell us ‘yes, it is cute but you are wasting your time watching those’. We wonder if they are right and cut down or stop watching them. According to a study held by the journal Computers in Human Behavior go ahead and watch those videos.

“Even if they are watching cat videos on YouTube to procrastinate or while they should be working, the emotional pay-off may actually help peopletake on tough tasks afterward,” study author Jessica Gall Myrick, an assistant professor at Indiana University’s Media School, said in a press release.

The study involved 7,000 people that watched cat videos on a rdegular basis. The results that came back from the participants said they felt more upbeat, had more energy and relaxed enough to take those big tasks ahead of them. They also said that the positive feelings from there viewing has carried on through the day and they don’t have all negative feelings and anxieties that can build through the course of a typical day.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

Three years ago researchers in Japan did a similar survey that showed work-related benefits as well. That study was more board showing that watching any cute animal videos can be beneficial and boost productivity.

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