Was the Sunday Cat a public service?

As many of our readers know, we used to have a Sunday cat video. It started as an attempt to distract people from an argument. It was surprising effective, and it turns out hat that may not have been accidental.

From a report from Indiana University:

Of the participants in the study, about 36 percent described themselves as a “cat person,” while about 60 percent said they liked both cats and dogs.

Participants in Myrick’s study reported:

* They were more energetic and felt more positive after watching cat-related online media than before.
* They had fewer negative emotions, such as anxiety, annoyance and sadness, after watching cat-related online media than before.
* They often view Internet cats at work or during studying.
* The pleasure they got from watching cat videos outweighed any guilt they felt about procrastinating.

Cat owners and people with certain personality traits, such as agreeableness and shyness, were more likely to watch cat videos. About 25 percent of the cat videos they watched were ones they sought out; the rest were ones they happened upon. They were familiar with many so-called “celebrity cats,” such as Nala Cat and Henri, Le Chat Noir.

Overall, the response to watching cat videos was largely positive.

To see past videos, try putting “Sunday Cat” into the search engine.

3 thoughts on “Was the Sunday Cat a public service?

  1. I am sad that people miss the Sunday cat. I think, though, that when we started cat videos were not as plentiful as they are now. We seemed eventually just to be joining in a fad, which of course we try in general to avoid.

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