Cat people and dog people have different personalities, and a new study shows that cat people may also be smarter than dog people. An article on LiveScience says that dog people tended to identify as more outgoing and energetic, and tend to closely follow rules. In contrast, cat people tended to identify as more introverted, open-minded and sensitive. Cat people also don’t necessarily closely follow rules.
So how does this show that cat people might be smarter? Well, it doesn’t, specifically. That was a separate finding, where cat people just plain scored higher in intelligence in the study than dog people did.
Only 11% of the respondents identified as cat people, compared with 60% of dog people. So it’s possible that accounts for at least some of the difference, although there’s no real way to determine that.
However, Professor Denise Guastello, one of the researchers who conducted the study, said, according to Time.com, “It makes sense that a dog person is going to be more lively, because they’re going to want to be out there, outside, talking to people, bringing their dog. Whereas, if you’re more introverted, and sensitive, maybe you’re more at home reading a book, and your cat doesn’t need to go outside for a walk.”
People who are introverted tend to appear, on average, smarter than extraverts. This doesn’t mean that all introverts are smarter than all extraverts; it’s important to note that neither of these labels is meant to convey intelligence levels. However, people who are introverted do prefer more books, and spend more time just thinking, than extraverts do. Extraverts tend to prefer to live in the moment. Intelligence tests can reflect this difference, but don’t reflect the possibilities of different types of intelligence.
Not to mention, nearly everyone is somewhere between introversion and extraversion; these personality types are on a spectrum. What this study shows is that cat people tend more towards the introverted end of the spectrum, while dog people tend more towards the extraverted side of the spectrum.
Chris Matyszczyk, over at CNet, brings up a good point with this as well, asking, “Could it be that a lot of cat lovers like to go outside, but don’t really like the idea of dragging a pet with them?”
So, while this study might make us cat people a bit more smug around dog people, it’s important to take with a grain of salt.
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