Internet beloved cat videos could be useful therapy

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Internet beloved cat videos could be used for therapy
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The people of the Internet simply love to watch cat videos. A new research shows that this activity may actually be a positive therapy and be good for you.

The study has been carried by Indiana University and has been published by Computers in Human Behavior. It set out to find what type of people watch cat videos, why and what effect does it have on them. Almost 7000 people who claimed to love cat videos joined for the study and were gathered by social media.

It turned out that 36% of the people were cat owners and 60% owned other pets. Naturally cat owners watched more videos. Both groups though showed signs of introversion, shyness and are easy to agree.

Most of the participants claim that they feel more energetic, content and even more hopeful after watching cat videos. They are also less anxious and less sad – things they feel before they start to seek cat videos in the first place.

The study goes on to say that this doesn’t mean cat-videos should be used instead of a medicinal therapy. It also says this doesn’t mean that other cute animals won’t make you feel better, it is just that the focus was on cats because they have turned out to be so popular.

But in the end, it also means that if you are feeling stressed out during the day, you can take a few minutes to watch some adventures of Grumpy Cat or other cute kittens to relax a bit and feel a little bit better. It’s kind of like the effect stuffed animals can have. Simply hugging them for a few minutes can help relieve stress.

Would it be even better if you hug your favorite stuffie and watch some cat videos in the same time? That’s for you to find out.