The celebrity of internet

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Cats are the stars of the internet, and this cannot be denied. Hardly can I go through my social media updates without seeing a video, an image or a meme about them. And I haven’t even mentioned yet all the groups, blogs and forums dedicated to these pets.

 

For those who love cats, it must be a heaven on Earth. But for those, who are not crazy about them, it remains a total mystery. I increase the number of the latter group. I just don’t get it and being a control freak (as my family calls me) I needed an answer. There are many theories about the reason why cats have conquered the internet, and I have picked the below two to provide you some sort of explanation.

 

Cats’ indifference a crowd-pleaser – The article is based on a research concluded by Dr O’Meara, which claims that watching cats unaware being filmed “gives the viewer the illusion of voyeuristically catching a glimpse of a self-sufficient world”.

 

Why Do Cats Run the Internet? A Scientific Explanation – This piece focuses more on the biological root of the overwhelming success of such videos stating that “their big eyes, smallish noses, and dome-shaped heads trigger the evolutionary nurturing instincts that we have evolved toward babies”. In addition, the internet also serves as a medium for cat owners to try to eliminate the prejudice of perceiving them as ‘cat ladies’ (lonely, weird lady with countless pets).

 

Since I don’t feel an irresistible urge to watch cat videos, probably I am not the best person to decide which explanation has more merit. However, I incline to believe the theory of evolutionary predisposition.

 

What do you think the reason is?

 

 


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Veronika
Usability specialist at TACO Web Design Studio
Veronika is a usability specialist, copywriter, blogger and financial expert with more than 14 years of work history and broad experience. She currently serves as the General Manager at TACO Talking Colors Web Design Studio.
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