Research has found that there are health benefits associated with the positive experiences we have on social media.
While social media often gets a bad rap, with critics saying it's a silly waste of time, neuroscientists believe that what we do on social media can have positive benefits to our health.
Take a second to think about what you do online. If you're anything like me, you probably spend a good chunk of time browsing animal videos or pictures and sharing them with your friends and family around the world.
This simple act may not seem like much, but laughing with those we share this content with increases our connectivity and combats loneliness, as well as improves our mood. That's no real big surprise, though, because how you anyone stay in a bad mood after looking at some cute animals?
What's even more interesting is the fact that neuroscientists also believe that engaging with this type of content on social media improves our relationships and even our memory.
"It's a powerful positive reinforcement," says Patricia Wallace, a psychologist and author of "The Psychology of the Internet."
So next time someone tells you to stop wasting time watching hilarious animal videos, you can tell them you're doing it for the sake of your health.
Cat videos over the gym? No complaints here!