In what is surely the most important and crucial scientific discovery of the 21st century (Higgs boson? MORE LIKE HIGGS BOZO LOL), new research has indicated that there is a pretty strong difference in personality between dog-lovers and cat-lovers. Namely, that cat people in general boast a higher intelligence than dog people. They are also more introverted, open-minded, and less conforming, while dog people are more outgoing and lively.
Research performed at Carroll University in Wisconsin surveyed 600 college students, asking if they considered themselves dog lovers or cat lovers. They were also asked to describe the qualities they found most attractive in their pets and completed an assessment of their own personality. Sure, asking a bunch of college kids whether or not they were conformist runs the risk of providing biased, even Nietzschean results, but a majority of students, 60% claimed to be dog people, as opposed to the 11% who were cat people.
The research seems to be based on the idea that people resemble their pets—at least when it comes to personalities. As reported by Live Science, researcher Denise Guastello explains:
"It makes sense that a dog person is going to be more lively, because they're going to want to be out there, outside, talking to people, bringing their dog," Guastello said. "Whereas, if you're more introverted, and sensitive, maybe you're more at home reading a book, and your cat doesn't need to go outside for a walk."
Seems pretty simplistic, but maybe all of life is simple as cat V dog? Either way, 'tis truly a victorious day for #TeamCat.
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