According to a new study from Indiana University, there’s more to be gained from watching cat videos than a few LOLs. Researchers found that watching cat videos can actually boost energy levels, heighten positive emotions, and decrease negative emotions.
It seems like a strange topic for scientific inquiry, but when you consider that cat videos are one of the most popular uses of the Internet, it’s not such a stretch. The press release from the University says that in 2014 alone, more than 2 million cat videos were uploaded to YouTube, and there were almost 26 billion views.
36% of the respondents described themselves as a “cat person” while 60% said they like both cats and dogs. The research data found that:
- People were more energetic and felt more positive after watching cat-related online media, and they had fewer negative emotions, such as anxiety, annoyance, and sadness.
- Respondents often watched cat videos at work or while studying.
- The positive effects from watching the videos outweighed the guilt normally associated with procrastination.
- Respondents actively sought out cat videos about 25% of the time – the other 75% were videos they happened upon.
That means, the authors say, the effects of watching cat videos, even as a way to procrastinate, may help people tackle tough tasks afterward.
Need a little break? Check out Mashable’s list of the 33 Most-Watched Cat Videos Ever.