Facebook's internal analysis of pet owners pretty much confirms what people have suspected about the relative differences of dog and cat owners for quite some time

By Alex Heigl
Updated August 09, 2016 01:34 PM
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Just the phrase “cat person” evokes a certain image, doesn’t it?

Well, whatever the image is, it’s probably right, according to Facebook.

The company’s research division analyzed data from about 160,000 users who have posted pictures of dogs or cats. Their findings? Pretty much exactly what you’d expect. Dog-posters are more outgoing, positive and tend to be in relationships, while cat people tend towards the single life and express a “wider range of emotions,” the top three being fatigue, amusement and annoyed. (That is the trifecta of cat-ownership emotions.)

The study also looked at the media consumption habits of cat people vs. dog people and found that cat people are more into what might be cruelly referred to as the “nerd spectrum” of things — genres like fantasy, anime and science fiction. Dog people preferred more mainstream entertainment, with Duck Dynasty over-indexing among them, shortly followed by Entourage and The Hills.

Here’s the “emotion” breakdown.

The company relied on its in-house image recognition technology, which in April 2016 was at least smart enough to recognize about 100 objects, including babies, eyeglasses, beards, smiles, pizzas, ice cream, buildings, trees, cars and mountains.

One last neat finding: On average, dog people have 26 more Facebook friends than cat people. But cat people get invited to more events, so there’s that. (Maybe the friends they do have are just trying to get them out of the house.)