We're all guilty of clicking that LOL-inducing cat video on Facebook, but you're absolutely justified ignoring work and chuckling at your desk! Let us explain.
Researchers surveyed 7,000 people on their cat-video viewing and what they felt after watching them. The findings, which were published in Computers in Human Behavior, revealed that the fun videos lower negative emotions while boosting positive ones. They also provide the viewer with more energy. Did we really need a team of scientists to tell us this?
"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," says study author Jessica Gall Myrick in a press release.
While some might think cat-video research shouldn't even be a thing, Myrick adamantly disagrees: "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."
She makes a good point, especially since there were more than 2 million cat videos posted on YouTube in 2014, according to CBS News. Feline clips also get more views per video than any other kind of YouTube video. (Fun fact: There are even entire viewing festivals devoted to them.)
So without further ado, here are some cute cat videos. You're welcome.
[via Huffington Post]