Facebook Data Explores Truth Of Stereotypes About Cat-Lovers And Dog-Lovers

Plenty of stereotypes come with your preference for either puppies or cats. But what does the cold-hearted data say about these racisms: Are all “dog people” actually outdoorsy, excitable, and sociable? Are “cat people” truly all single, grumpy, Internet-loving hermits?

Facebook holds huge amounts of data on around 1.7 billion people from all corners of life, from their interests and savours to their social circles and family. Just recently, the brains over at Facebook Research have been prying into this data to get some insights into one of societysdeepest divides: the differences between dog people and cat people.

The researchers analyzed the profiles of about 160,000 people in the United States, use object recognition artificial intelligence. This AI was originally developed to help blind people employ Facebook by recognizing images and explaining their content utilizing automated text-to-speech software. It was able to pick up on the proportion of photos that the users had shared of cats or puppies or both. These numbers were used to break them down into dog people or cat people. From there, they paired this with the information on their page likes, friends, photo, and events.

First up, dog people tended to have more friends. People who had more photos of dogs had on average 26 more Facebook friends than cat-lovers. Nevertheless, cat people get invited to more events.

And yep, as the prejudices and stereotypes indicate, cat people are more likely to be single. Around 30 percent of cat people are single, compared to merely 24 percentage of dog people. However , not all cat-lovers are single older ladies. As Facebook explains unlike the stereotype, being single and a cat devotee isn’t related to age or gender younger cat-lovers, and male cat-lovers of all ages are just as likely as older female cat-lovers to be single.

The data also devotes insights into the tastes of each group by looking at which volumes, Tv proves, and films they liked on Facebook Pages. Overall, cat people liked the pages of books, Tv reveals, and films more so than dog people, indicating they favor indoor activities. Cat-lovers also tended to show more those who are interested in fiction, anime, and science-fiction, such as Pokemon , Doctor Who , Star Trek , Dracula , The Hobbit , and Alien . While puppy devotees liked romance, drama, and reality TV, such as One Tree Hill , Marley& Me , Pretty Woman , The Hills and anything by Nicholas Sparks.

Frozen , Seinfeld , Catcher in the Rye , Goodfellas , and Jackass managed to transcend these hurdles and are more or less loved equally by both groups.

They also aggregated data regarding Facebook’s feelings feature and saw how people in each group ranked on displaying their feelings. Cat people were shown to be more expressive and depicted a wider various forms of feelings on the site, namely: happiness, tiredness, aggravation, and sadness. Dog people tended to keep their feelings cool while on Facebook, mainly only conveying themselves when they felt proud or excited.”

Head over to the Facebook Research blog for more of these insights.

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