Facebook study shows ‘cat people’ are more likely to be single, have fewer friends

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A new study by Facebook researchers compared “cat people” and “dog people” and confirmed some stuff lots of us already believed.

Researchers used object recognition technology to identify photos with cats and/or dogs in them and then compared social characteristics of people who posted more cat photos and people who posted more dog photos.

First of all, the study found there are more “dog people” than “cat people.”

The study found that “dog people” have more friends than “cat people.” On average, “dog people” have 26 more friends than “cat people.”

However, that doesn’t mean cat people are anti-social.

“Cat people tend to get invited to more events, so they’re putting their friendships to good use!” researchers pointed out.

The study also found that “cat people” are more likely to be single.

“About 30% of cat people are single, compared to just 24% of dog people,” according to the study. Age and gender didn’t seem to make a difference.

“Cat people” also tend to prefer indoor activities, such as reading and watching TV or movies, researchers found.

“Cat people are especially fond of fantasy, sci-fi and anime, while dog people like stories and things about, well, dogs,” researchers stated.

In the following graphs, shows/movies that cat people disproportionately have longer blue bars off to the left, while shows/movies that dog people disproportionately like have longer green bars off the the right. If equal proportions of cat and dog people like a show/movie, no bar is visible.

Some of the preferences for entertainment may reflect where dog and cat lovers live, researchers stated.

“Dog people are more concentrated in rural areas, where there’s more space for a dog to exercise, while cat people are more often found in cities (though many dog and cat lovers live in both kinds of places),” according to the study.

What about mood and emotions?

“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,” researchers stated.