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Science Says Cat Videos Are Actually Good for You

We all know that the internet is 85% cat videos and 15% “other.” But guess what? That’s NOT A BAD THING. Because it’s just been scientifically proven that cat videos are good for your health.

Yes, you heard us right. Professor Jessica Myrick of Indiana University elaborated on her study as follows: “Some people may think watching online cat videos isn’t a serious enough topic for academic research, but the fact is that it’s one of the most popular uses of the Internet today. 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…As a media researcher and online cat video viewer, I felt compelled to gather some data about this pop culture phenomenon.”

Finally we know the reason that our feline overlords benevolently rule over the interwebs: the study showed that watchers of kitty vids feel like they have more energy and less anxiety after indulging in a bit of vicarious string-pulling and laser-chasing. Those positive effects were proven to outweigh the guilt part of “guilty pleasure,” which is code for WATCH TO YOUR HEART’S CONTENT, YA’LL! Prof. Myrick ALSO discovered the most popular locations for cat vid viewing, which were 1. at work, and 2. in study spaces. *hides under desk*

But it doesn’t have to be purely cat videos! While kittens are objectively THE BEST, pictures of other adorable baby animals (see: squirrels, turtles… squirtles) have similar uplifting effects. The bottom line is that cat videos are good for your mental health, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a cheaper antidepressant. We think it’s only a matter of time before doctors start prescribing a daily dose of gummi-vites and minimum of seven cat vids.

Soooo… does this mean we can now get a degree in Cat Videos? And now that they’re a field of academic study, what about other internet sensations? We, for one, would not be opposed to a masters in Sherlock memes, or a PhD in Doge. While we work on making these happen, give your mental health a boost RIGHT MEOW:

On a scale from 1 to IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION, how much do you appreciate Professor Myrick’s study?

[via Jezebel]