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11/08/2016, 12:00

Is there any the differences between dog and cat owners?

There has long been an unspoken rivalry between 'dog people' and 'cat people.'

Now, Facebook has examined the behavior of 160,000 pet lovers from the US to put the stereotypes to rest once and for all.

The social media giant gathered samples from users who posted pictures of cats or dogs and found that 30 percent who shared cat photos were single, compared to the 24 percent who posted images of dogs.

There is an unspoken rival between dog people and cat people. Now, Facebook has examined the behavior of 160,000 pet lovers from the US in order to put these stereotypes to rest once and for all

This study focuses on the behavior of ‘cat people’ and ‘dog people’ in order to reveal who they are, how they live, and how alike they are to their furry friends.

And although the key findings reveal cat lovers are more likely to be single, the longstanding myth of a cat-lady spinster has been debunked - those who are single cat lovers were not limited to a gender or any age.

To sift through thousands of profile and millions of pictures, Facebook used object recognition technology, which is similar to the technology used to generate automatic help for blind users.

Then, the team looked at their profile to learn more about what they like, who they are and their marital status. 

To sift through thousands of profile and millions of pictures, Facebook used object recognition technology, which is similar to the technology used to generate automatic help for blind members. Dog people are extroverted, like their canine pals, upbeat and luckier in love which allows them to make more connections

Cat people prefer indoor activities like watching television, movies and cozy up on the couch with a good book. They are also fond of fantasy, science-fiction and anime stories, whereas dog people get excited about love stories and things about dogs

Dog people, on average, have 26 more Facebook friends than cat people.

They are also more extroverted, like their canine pals, upbeat and luckier in love which allows them to make more connections online and also in the real world.

Although cat people are more likely to say they’re tired, the study found they are invited to more events than dog people.

And, these cat lovers prefer to hang out with others who understand their love for these whisker-sporting animals.

Facebook used object recognition technology to gather samples from 160,000 US users who have posted a picture of a dog or a cat.

And then the team looked at their profile to learn more about what they like, who they are and their marital status.

The key findings are that 30% of cat people, compared to the 24% of dog people.

However, the longstanding myth of a cat-lady spinster has been debunked - those who are single cat lovers were not limited to a gender or any age.

The social media giant gathered samples from users who posted pictures of cats or dogs and found that 30 percent who shared cat photos were single, compared to the 24 percent who posted images of dogs

Dog people have about 26 more Facebook friends than cat people.

They are also more extroverted, like upbeat and luckier in love which allows them to make more connections online and also in the real world - similar to the personality of dogs.

Cat people are quick to tell others they are tired, but are invited to more events than dog people. 

They are also fond of fantasy, science-fiction and anime stories, whereas dog people get excited about love stories and things about dogs.

Dog lovers tend to live out in rural areas, probably due to dogs needed more space.

And cat lovers can be find in cities areas, as most cats rarely leave the house. 

‘Cat people tend to be friends with other cat people and dog people with other dog people,’ reads Facebook’s study in a blog post.

‘Specifically, cat people are 2.2 times more likely to befriend other cat people when compared to randomly chosen friends from the general population.’

But this doesn’t mean they refuse to mingle with dog people, as Facebook found cat people befriended 1.8 times as many team dog as expected.

Facebook found ‘Marley and Me’ and ‘Rocky’ were hits among dog lovers and those team cat favored ‘Dracula’ and ‘World War Z’. Cat people also enjoy more indoor activities like watching television, movies and cozy up on the couch with a good book

Whereas dog people befriend 1.8 times as many dog people as random and 1.6 as many cat people.

When it comes to entertainment, the results prove to be much different between the two groups.

Cat people prefer indoor activities like watching television, movies and cozy up on the couch with a good book.

They are also fond of fantasy, science-fiction and anime stories, whereas dog people get excited about love stories and things about dogs.

dog people are more concentrated in rural areas, where there's more space for a dog to exercise, while cat people are more often found in cities (though many dog and cat lovers live in both kinds of places)

For example, Facebook found ‘Marley and Me’ and ‘Rocky’ were hits among dog lovers and those team cat favored ‘Dracula’ and ‘World War Z’.

But they both found ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Frozen’ equally enjoyable.

‘Some of the preferences for TV shows, books, and movies may reflect where dog and cat lovers live: dog people are more concentrated in rural areas, where there's more space for a dog to exercise, while cat people are more often found in cities (though many dog and cat lovers live in both kinds of places),’ explains Facebook.

Interestingly enough, dog people may have more friends, but Facebook found they do not ‘check in’ to places more than cat people – they were found to do so at the same number of places each week. 

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