Jason Eppink, curator of
of the Moving Image's show
Took Over the Internet
, has noted the
on the Internet.
felt that the cuteness of
was "too simplistic" an explanation of their popularity online.
A scientific survey
done found that the participants were more happy after watching
. The researcher behind the survey explained
"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
"consumption of online
related media deserves empirical attention".
The Huffington Post
suggested that the
videos were a form of procrastination
, with most being watched while at work or ostensibly studying, while IU Bloomington commented
"it does more than simply entertain; it boosts viewers' energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings"
. BusinessInsider argues
"This falls in line with a body of research regarding the effects that animals have on people."
A 2015 study by
Jessica Gall Myrick
found that people were more than twice as likely to post a picture or video of a
to the internet than they were to
post a selfie
. Also, it was found that people who watch
videos feel more energetic and positive after
videos to be
"the crystallisation of all that human beings love about
, with their
"natural beauty and majesty"
"just one tiny slip away from total humiliation"
, which Bustillos sees as
a mirror of the human condition
. When the creator of the
World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee
, was asked for an example of a popular use of the internet that he would never had predicted,
he answered "
. A 2014 paper argues that
' "unselfconsciousness" is rare in an age of hyper-
photos appeal to people as it lets them imagine "the possibility of freedom from surveillance", while presenting the power of controlling that surveillance as unproblematic.
images tap into viewers nature as
The Cheezburger Network considers
to be the "perfect canvas"
for human emotion, as they have expressive facial and body aspects.
Mashable offered "
' cuteness, non-cuteness, popularity among geeks, blank canvas qualities, personality issues, and the fact that dogs just don't have "it""
as possible explanations to
' popularity on the internet. A paper entitled
"“I Can Haz Emoshuns?” – Understanding Anthropomorphosis of
among Internet Users"
found that Tagpuss, an app that showed users
images and asked them to choose
"can be used to identify
behaviours that lay-people find difficult to distinguish"
Jason Eppink, curator of the
Took Over the Internet”
“People on the web are more likely to post a
than another animal, because it sort of perpetuates itself. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.”
Jason Kottke considers
"easier to objectify"
"easier to make fun of"
were more popular than dogs because dogs were "trying too hard", and humorous behavior in a dog would be seen as
a bid for validation
' behavior as being "cool, and effortless, and devoid of any concern about what you might think about it. It is art for art's sake."
have historically been associated with magic, and have been revered by various human cultures,
the ancient Egyptians worshipping them as gods and the creatures being feared as demons in ancient Japan
, such as
.Vogue magazine has suggested that
the popularity of
on the internet is culturally-specific, being popular in North America, Western Europe, and Japan.
Other nations favor different animals online
, Ugandans sharing images of goats and chickens, Mexicans preferring llamas, and Chinese internet users sharing images of the river crab and grass-mud horse due to double-meanings of their names
allowing them to "subvert
government Internet censors".