STUDY: Cat People More Tired, Lonely and Single than Dog People

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By: Liberty Laura

Facebook recently conducted a study using object recognition technology. They “aggregated, de-identified data from a sample of about 160,000 people in the United States who shared photos of cats or dogs (or both) on Facebook,” and provided insight into the behaviors commonly shared by cat and dog people.

The study say, “Yep, the stereotypes are true: dog people are more outgoing, measured in terms of Facebook friends. On average, dog people have 26 more Facebook friends than cat people. Like their extroverted pets, dog people make more connections online. On the other hand, cat people get invited to more events, so they’re putting their friendships to good use!”

Research provided also suggests that dog people are less likely to be single than cat people.

“About 30% of cat people are single, compared to just 24% of dog people. But unlike the stereotype, being single and a cat lover isn’t related to age or gender — younger cat-lovers, and male cat-lovers of all ages are just as likely as older female cat-lovers to be single,” the study finds.

Using data from status emotions, Facebook analyzed that dog people are more likely to be excited and proud than cat people.

“Examining de-identified, aggregate data from Facebook’s feelings feature (where you can annotate a status update with moods like ‘feeling excited’ or ‘feeling blue’), we find that cat people are indeed disproportionately likely to say they’re feeling tired, but also happy and loved. Overall, cat people seem to express a wider variety of feelings on the site. On the other hand, dog people are more likely to express excitement or pride.”


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Check out the original study here.

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