Cats or Dogs? Your answer could tell a lot about you

Facebook researchers say dog people have more friends, while cat people are more likely to be single

Cats or Dogs? Your answer could tell a lot about you

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In honour of International Cat Day on August 8th, Facebook set out to find out more about the social characteristics of dog and cat-lovers.

Researchers took a sample of about 160,000 people in the United States who shared photos of cats or dogs or both on the social network, and looked at the traits common to each grouping.

They analysed whether 'cat people' or 'dog people' have more friends, which group has the greater likelihood of being single, what TV shows they like, and even where they live.

So, pick your side and scroll down to find out more about yourself.

Team Dog

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Dog people are more outgoing, which researchers measured in terms of Facebook friends. On average, dog people have 26 more Facebook friends than cat people.

Dog-lovers are also more likely to be listed as in a relationship - Facebook thinks the extra friends might have something to do with it.

In terms of TV and movies, dog people typically like shows such as 'Greys Anatomy', 'One Tree Hill' and'T he Voice'. They also like more comedies and romantic movies such as 'The Notebook', 'The Hangover', 'Pretty Woman' and 'Dear John'.

Their favourite books, according to Facebook 'likes', are 'Marley and Me', 'Eat Pray Love', 'Water for Elephants' and 'The Help'.

Stereotypically, dogs are more social, easy-going and seem to happy the majority of the time. These characteristics are also common to canine-lovers - as feelings of pride and excitement are more likely to be expressed by this group on Facebook.

Dog people also tend to live in rural areas more than cat-lovers, which might be down to them having more space for their pet to exercise.

Team Cat

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On average, cat people have less Facebook friends, but they do get invited to more events than dog people.

Cat-lovers are also less likely to be in a relationship, with about 30% listed as single compared to just 24% of dog people.

But unlike the stereotype of the 'crazy cat lady', being single and a cat lover isn't related to age or gender. Younger cat-lovers, and male cat-lovers of all ages, are just as likely as older female cat-lovers to be single.

Cat people seem to have more indoor activities also, measured in terms of Facebook likes.

They are especially fond of fantasy, sci-fi and anime. Their most liked TV shows include 'Doctor Who', 'Star Trek', and 'Pokemon'.

In terms of movies 'A Clockwork Orange', 'Trainspotting' and 'Terminator 2' rank highly.

Some of their favourite books are listed as 'The Hobbit', any Stephen King novels, 1984 and 'Dracula'.

Cat people seem to express a wider variety of feelings on the site, in comparison to dog people.

They regularly register themselves as tired, annoyed and sad - but in contrast they often feel amused, happy and loved.

Cat people are also found in cities more often, though many dog and cat-lovers live in both urban and rural environments.

Team 'Sitting on the Fence'

Can't decide? Well there are some traits common to both camps.

'The Green Mile', 'Jackass' and 'Frozen' tend to be liked by dog and cat people - similarly with the TV shows 'Seinfeld', 'Weeds', the 'Vampire Diaries', and 'Lost'.

Cat and dog-lovers also agree on some books - 'Catcher in the Rye', 'The Great Gatsby', and 'Hunger Games'.

Cat and dog people check-in on Facebook to roughly the same number of places each week also, and both are quite likely to express feelings of 'heartbreak'... aww.