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In Defence of Funny Cat Videos

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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We keep hearing criticisms of the trend in funny cat videos online. We are coerced into thinking that watching them is a mindless waste of the internet. Iím here, though, to defend the funny cats and all the other silly things we watch on our computers, tablets and phones.

We need more excuses to smile and laugh. Iíd much rather be giggling at a cat in a shark suit riding a vacuum cleaner than being exposed to the negativity of some television shows or being bombarded with opinionated and snarky comments on some Facebook pages.

Although I own two TV sets, I find myself leaving them off more and more and turning to the internet where I can pick and choose what I want to see.

Kitten on Computer
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While families competing with each other on radical weight-loss programs or backbiting bachelors vying for the attention of a bachelorette are fun entertainment for some, they donít really give me a good feeling. Iíd much rather come home at the end of the day, log on and watch the antics of dancing dogs and frolicking farm animals. Their brand of comedy is all-natural, unscripted and uninterrupted by commercials.

The only Facebook pages I follow besides my friends and family are the ones I can learn from or laugh at. To add to the argument Ė it has been proven time and time again that laughter is good for our health. It boosts our mood and our immune system.

Of course, I temper my video-watching with other things online. I read, write, research and learn, but I make sure I spend at least a small part of my day having a good laugh.

Kitten on Computer
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So if, like me, youíre guilty of chuckling at the antics of goats on a trampoline or kittens falling off kitchen sinks, donít feel bad. It shows that we are positive, healthy, discerning people who donít buy into the trend of fake Ďrealityí television.

The internet is a place for learning and communication but is also a form of health-giving, de-stressing entertainment Ė and that is a very good thing.

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Yes, I agree too - cats and dogs doing funny things are a happy source of joy!
I'm with you, colmo!! I find the cat video's hilarious, & they can always be counted on to make me laugh! We NEED that in our lives!
I've had cats of varying breeds, my whole life, & never would be without one. They're better companions than dogs, IMHO!
I agree with you about the article, but for me, it's the dogs that win in the race for my personal attention. I've only lived with two cats in my life, and that was such a long time ago - dogs always win it for me!
I am with you Colmo - I love them, especially, the cat in the shark suit riding the vacuum!

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