Watching cat videos, according to Jessica Gall Myrick, an associate professor and researcher at Indiana University’s media department, can increase energy and pleasant emotions while decrease negative emotions.
“Some people may believe that watching online cat videos isn’t a serious enough issue for academic research, yet it’s one of the most common uses of the Internet today,” Myrick explained.
“Researchers can’t overlook Internet cats any longer if we want to better understand the consequences the Internet may have on us as people and on society.”
“We’ve all viewed a cat video on the internet,” she said, “but there’s very little empirical investigation done on why so many of us do it, or what affects it could have on us.” “I felt obligated to acquire some statistics regarding this pop culture phenomena as a media scholar and internet cat video viewer.”
According to data, there were over 2 million cat videos on YouTube, with over 26 billion views. Cat videos had more views per video than any other YouTube category.