There’s something special about a cat video that can make even the most cynical person crack a smile. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re often silly and clumsy, or maybe it’s because they’re just so darn cute. Whatever the reason, people can’t get enough of them.
One of the most popular genres of YouTube videos is the cat video. A quick search for “cat videos” on YouTube returns over 5.5 million results. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – a dedicated website called I Can Has Cheezburger boasts over 1.2 million cat-related posts, and there are countless other websites, blogs, and social media accounts devoted to cats and their antics.
There’s even an annual competition called the Golden Kitty Awards, which celebrates the best cat videos of the year. So why do people love cat videos so much?
There are a number of theories. One is that watching cat videos is a form of “vicarious play” – a way to take part in the fun and games that cats are having without actually having to own a cat (which can be a lot of work). For people who can’t have pets, or who are allergic to them, cat videos provide a way to enjoy the company of animals without any of the hassle.
Another theory is that watching cat videos is a form of self-care. Taking a break to watch a funny cat video can help reduce stress and increase feelings of happiness and well-being. In a study published in the International Journal of Cyber Psychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, researchers found that people who watched cat videos had significantly lower levels of anxiety and negative emotions than those who didn’t.
And finally, it’s possible that people love cat videos simply because they’re entertaining. After all, cats can be pretty funny, and it’s always enjoyable to watch them do things that we can’t do ourselves (like licking their own butt).
Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that cat videos are popular. So next time you’re feeling down, or in need of a pick-me-up, be sure to check out some of the best cat videos the internet has to offer.