Cats Or Dogs? Here's What Your Choice Really Says About You

It's a dog-eat-cat world out there

Wars have been waged over less than the vicious rivalry between dog and cat owners, and what owning the different pets says about you. 

Straying from the belief that dogs are lazy and cats are Mensa-level intelligence, it turns out owning a dog means you're more likely to be popular and a cat means that you're more likely to be single.

The research, published by Facebook, took a sample of roughly 160,000 profiles in the US and looked at their cat and dog photo uploads, simplifying these into 'cat people' or 'dog people.'

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Cat lovers did really turn out to have their own cult. They were 2.2  times more likely to befriend other cat people when compared to randomly chosen friends from the general population. 

But dog people turned out to be the most social of all,  befriending 1.8 times as many dog people as random, and 1.6 times as many cat people as random. 

And the crazy cat spinster stereotype? Well, based on their relationship profile status cat people were more likely to be single. About 30% of cat lovers were single compared to 24% of dog people. Although it might just mean cat lovers are more coy about sharing their relationship details on social media. 

One thing the study did disprove: that idea only lonely women have cats for company. Male cat-lovers of all ages are just as likely as older female cat-lovers to be single.