I have spent the last few months watching more than a few You-Tube videos. No, get your heads out of the gutter- not the dirty kind. Just the generic вЂњstupid human tricksвЂќ that seem to be posted quite a bit on the site.
In fact I would maintain that You Tube is our species version of вЂњGrown-Up SHOW AND TELLвЂќ.
Do you remember the real SHOW AND TELL? We all had one experience or another. Typically it was in kindergarten or Grade 1. We were five or six years old. We stood in front of classrooms all over this great nation with a rock from a camping trip or a caterpillar gripping to life (and leaf) in a jam jar. We proudly announced to the class the origin of the unusual sea pebble or the lifecycle of a butterfly as we knew it.
But years gone by and weвЂ™ve passed the age when you can stand before a group of your peers and вЂњshow em what youвЂ™ve gotвЂќ. This is where the internet comes inвЂ¦.
Yes my dear girlfriends, well over a year of blogging later and I now fully realize that the internet is our species SHOW AND TELL.
Want to share with friends about your latest meal? Why not Twitter that you вЂњate duck two ways at a great restaurant just last nightвЂќ. Want friends and family to know what little Jessica looked like after eating her first bite of peas? Just video tape it and blast her little green face into cyber space for all to see and enjoy.
IsnвЂ™t FACEBOOK, the very defintion of grown up SHOW AND TELL gone wild? I know more about the people I went to highschool with NOW than I did when we were in Highschool!
Make no mistake, I am a huge fan of the whole SHOW AND TELL thing weвЂ™ve got going on as a culture. I think it is a true revelation. Hell this is entertainment at its finest. I loved SHOW AND TELL back as a six year old and I sure as hell love it even more now that weвЂ™ve moved beyond the flora and the faunaвЂ¦.
But I canвЂ™t help but notice that the internet has become quite feline these days. What I mean by this is that there are a hell of a lot of cats out in cybersapce lately. HavenвЂ™t you noticed my dear girlfriends? We seem to be pushing the whole вЂњCAT AGENDAвЂќ quite a bit. Whether itвЂ™s the Freaky cat videos on You Tube (where the little kitten is being filmed making a rather human gesture) or the cat versus larger animal videos (cat v. alligator, cat v. polar bear) that have gone viral.
In fact I would argue that cat video emails have replaced Viagra emails as the new number one topic of cyber spam.
So what is it with cat owners and their exhibitionist needs?
According to a study presented this past year at the International Stroke Conference in New Orleans owning a cat could reduce your risk of a heart attack by nearly one third.
The finding was the main result of a 10 year study of more than 4,000 Americans by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute in Minneapolis.
The study was based on data extracted from people aged 30 to 75, from the second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study. Participants were recruited from 1976-1980 and followed over a 10 year period. Of the 4,435 Americans in the study, 2,435 of the participants were current or former cat owners, while the remaining 2,000 had never had a cat.
Using the main outcome as death from all causes, including stroke and heart events, the researchers found that over a 10 year follow up period, cat owners showed a 30 per cent lower risk of death from heart attack compared to non cat owners.
IвЂ™m not suggesting we all go out and buy a kittenвЂ¦ I am personally allergic and have always been more of a dog person. In fact, I have never been particularly fond of cats.
Apart from the fact that every cat I meet prompts me to have an Asthma attack, I am not what you would call, a вЂњCAT PERSONвЂќ.
I find them too вЂњstand offishвЂќ. After a long day at work, I want a pet that greet me at the door and is so excited to see me that, hell, it could easily pee on the floor given the chance.
A cat does not do that. A cat is the kind of animal that can be left alone with enough food and water for days on end and still survive. While I admire that kind of independence, it is not something I am looking for in a household pet.
But we canвЂ™t ignore the science once again. Cat people live longer than those who are feline free. The science of why there are so many cats on the internet? Simply putвЂ¦because their owners have nine livesвЂ¦.