Facebook Insights Categorises Dog vs. Cat Person
By Aditi Bhat
Does your perfect weekend idea consist of curling up in your bed with your favourite book and your kitty by your side? Do you spend most of your time at work/college daydreaming about getting back home and playing with your dog?
Whether you love cats or dogs, most pet owners cannot get enough of their pets. A lot of them are also quite expressive about their love for their feline/canine buddies. They are constantly seen posting pictures with them on Facebook. Turns out, while you were busy sharing adorable pictures of your furry friend, Facebook was quietly analysing the various characteristics of dog and cat people. And the study has given us some fun insight.
Is there any relation between you and your pet’s character traits? Do you enjoy taking naps as much as your cat does? Or do you prefer staying outdoors most of the time like your dog? Well, there seem to be some similarities, says Facebook.
Facebook studied the data of about 160,000 US Facebook users. The social media giant relied on object recognition technology to detect pictures of cats and dogs on the site. While you may be right about a few assumptions, there have been some surprising revelations.
As per the data gathered by the social media network, cat people are classified to be independent and reserved, but unpredictable. They are also sensitive and unorthodox. Dog people, on the other hand, are easy-going, social and energetic.
Let’s dig a little deeper into the kind of social bonds both cat and dog people tend to form. Naturally, cat people are more likely to gel well with other cat people, while dog people find more things in common with fellow dog lovers. The chances of cat people interacting with other cat people are 2.2 times greater than that of mingling with non-cat lovers.
However, it does not mean that cat people have anything against dog people. Cat people are surprisingly, 1.8 times more likely to befriend dog lovers. Dog people, on the other hand, seem a little hesitant about socialising with cat lovers. Dog lovers are only 1.6 times likely to become friends with cat people, while they are 1.8 times likely to interact with other dog lovers.
Most cat people seem to identify love as the feeling of not wanting to leave their pet’s sight even for a moment. We understand you, cat people. That is probably the reason why 30% of cat lovers tend to stay single. However, their singlehood does not have much to do with their gender or age. The probability of dog lovers staying single is comparatively less, with only 24% of them choosing to stay out of romantic relationships.
Who doesn’t love staying indoors during weekends and watching their favourite movies and shows with their pets? Okay, we agree that cat people enjoy it a little more than dog people. However, it is very satisfying (though you may repent it later for having wasted the week doing nothing!). Cat lovers enjoy staying indoors – reading books or watching movies/TV or doing nothing at all (just like their cats!). Their preferred genre includes fantasy, sci-fi and anime. Dog lovers on the flip side, enjoy reading and watching love stories or anything to do with dogs (who is obsessed now?).
Cat people are generally shy and reserved, but they seem to have no qualms when it comes to sharing their feelings on social media. While dog lovers resorted to Facebook only to share emotions like excitement or pride, cat people took to the channel to share various moods like happiness, love and even tiredness.
As per the data collated by social media giant, Facebook, most dog owners are located in rural areas with better accessibility to larger spaces and gardens. Cat lovers on the other hand, are mostly found in urban centres.
So all you dog people out there, the next time you spot a cat person, go talk to them, approach them first and you may find a friend for life. And all you cat people can be a little more welcoming, dog lovers won’t bite you! No more fighting like cats and dogs - that would make a ‘purr’fect world, isn’t it?