Whenever you combine cat photos and the Internet, you are up for great fun. Cat posts are the greatest invention after the wheel, and if you ask the fans – the Internet was invented so people could share funny cat pictures.
It doesn’t matter if they are skinny, chubby, black, or white – the cats are always amusing. We have collected some of the funniest cat posts on the Internet. From ruining their owner’s breakfast to plotting against their humans, these cats certainly deserve their spot on the “best of” list. We have no doubt you will enjoy them as much as we did.
The researchers from the Media School at Indiana University attempted to investigate why do people like internet cats. Jessica Gall Myrick, an assistant professor of journalism, managed to get almost 7,000 people to do her online survey.
"It is possible that viewing of online cat media improves mood, but this activity may also foster negative outcomes linked to using the Internet for procrastination," the study says.
"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 says. "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."
"We all have watched a cat video online, but there is really little empirical work done on why so many of us do this, or what effects it might have on us," she added. "As a media researcher and online cat video viewer, I felt compelled to gather some data about this pop culture phenomenon."
The statistics show there were more than 2 million videos featuring cats posted on YouTube in 2014, with nearly 26 billion views. Amazingly, cat videos had more views per each item than any other type of YouTube content.
Myrick's research showed that the most common sites for viewing cat videos were Facebook, YouTube, and Buzzfeed.
Some of the possible effects Myrick wanted to explore: Does watching cat videos on the Internet have the same kind of positive effect as pet therapy? And does some part of the audience feel worse after viewing cat videos because they are not finishing their errands instead?
About 36 percent of the study participants think of themselves as a "cat person." In comparison, around 60 percent stated they are fond of both cats and dogs.
The study participants stated they were livelier and felt more positive after viewing cat-related online media.They also reported fewer negative emotions (annoyance, anxiety, and sadness) after seeing cat-related online media.
They stated they often watched Internet cats at work or while studying. The satisfaction they got from viewing cat videos compensated any guilt they felt about delaying their errands. "Even if they are watching cat videos on YouTube to procrastinate or while they should be working, the emotional pay-off may actually help people take on tough tasks afterward," Myrick concluded.