Monday, September 5, 2016

Survey Says!

Facebook research indicates, "...that dog-posters tend to be more extroverted, more upbeat and luckier in love than their feline photographing friends." (According to the photos and posts of facebook users.) 




What you talk'in about Willis?


"Meanwhile, cat people tend to be single, express a wider range of emotions (including chiefly exhaustion and annoyance), and to harbor an unusually strong interest in fantasy, anime and science fiction."

This is from an article posted in the Star Tribune by Caitlin Dewey of the Washington Post.

Thanks facebook. I already hated you. You always make me feel like a loser when I post a favorite photograph and get 3 likes while other people post that they just burned their toast and get 100. Now, according to you, I'm an emotional, exhausted nerd too. (O.K. facebook nailed it) Because I don't have a dog. If I did, I'd post lots of upbeat photos of him or her on facebook. And if I'm lucky, get 4 likes. Maybe 5.

So goes my love/hate relationship with facebook. When I post something on facebook, I feel like James Corden, struming his guitar while singing his heart out on the street in the movie Begin Again, only to look up to discover no one is listening. No one at all. My "likes" might not be quite as pathetic as all that. But close. Most of the time. 

I also just read another related article about addiction to social media in the Star Tribune. I guess some people become addicted to facebook and other sites, just like with drugs. The feedback and "likes" act like a drug affecting the dopamine levels in their brain. They get a virtual high. 

How can I get some of that?

Don't get me wrong. I believe that people can experience a real addiction to social media. Everywhere we go these days, people are staring at their phones like in-human drones, strumming them like a guitar. I almost expect them to look up and shoot a penetrating glare my way, revealing mechanical pupils and whirly gigs. It just makes me mad and ultimately sad, that I'll never experience a dopamine high from facebook. Now I really am annoyed!


11 comments:

Jill Morgenstern said...

Oh my goodness! Now I need to go out and get a dog just so I can be more cheerful. Except wait a minute! I'm already overwhelmed just taking care of the good-for-nothing cat! Cute kitty picture at any rate! :-)

Summer said...

That info about dogs and cat owners made me laugh!!! In my world, I have experienced cats who are as upbeat as dogs ♥

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NC Sue said...

You've made me laugh... even if I am a cat lover and therefore should apparently be suffering from some sort of eternal angst.
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Photo Cache said...

I don't take anything people post on facebook seriously. I just laugh at funny cat photos. I am a catmom.

ak-ut said...

great post and start in my day while laughing - by the way, i love both, cats and dogs, not single and feel quite the same with fb :-))

Sarah Carletti said...

I agree!

DJan said...

I post on FB but it sure isn't something that changes my day one way or the other. I don't currently have a cat but I do post cat videos sometimes. I do wonderful about the zombies who are being created with smartphones, though! You are right about that. :-)

Marie C said...

This was an interesting post...we love both cats and dogs and have owned both. I'm funny about posting stuff on facebook. I will post the rare cute cat or dog (or other animal) but most of the time I shy away from that kind of post. Well, I think it depends on what kind of mood I am in. :-) I just posted an adorable sloth photo and tagged my grandson for his first day of school that said "I believe in you!" Sloths are his favorite animal.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I tend to love dogs a little more than cats. But, I love all the animals. I do not take anything on facebook seriously, it is just for fun! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

carol l mckenna said...

Adorable kitty and wonderful photo and caption! Love it!

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TheChieftess said...

Hahaha!!! Love your post!!! So true! Although I must admit to having a dog along with our two cats...yes, I'm not single either!!! I do post frequent photos of the dog...she's just too photogenic!!!