Cat Videos Can Give You Energy And A Positive Attitude, Study Says

Print this story and post it on the boss’s door: Science says watching cat videos isn’t a waste of time, even when you’re at work.

As it turns out, watching cat videos can actually give you more energy and chase away negative emotions, according to a new study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.

“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,” Jessica Gall Myrick, assistant professor at The Media School at Indiana University and author of the study, said in a news release.

So to help you take on a few tasks today, here are some cat videos:

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Myrick surveyed almost 7,000 people about their cat video viewing habits as well as how they felt before and after watching the clips.

“For most people, it improved their mood,” Myrick told Indiana Public Media. “Specifically, they reported after watching Internet cat videos that they felt more hopeful, more positive, more inspired and they also tended to feel less anxious, less angry — we saw a decrease in negative emotions.”

On the other hand, it seems the videos are a form of procrastination — or pro-cat-stination — as most people watch when they’re either at work or supposedly studying. They also report that the good feelings they get from watching the clips outweigh any guilt from watching them when they’re supposed to be doing something else.

And as anyone who has disappeared into the YouTube wormhole can attest, most people don’t actually seek out the videos. In three-quarters of all cases, viewers just happen upon them, which is not surprising when you —> Read More