Study: Why do we want to squeeze cute things?

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    Feb 05, 2013 3:48 PM GMT
    http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-01/science-says-adorable-animals-turn-us-aggressive

    The study’s researchers, led by Rebecca Dyer, a graduate student in psychology at Yale University, dubs the phenomenon “cute aggression.”

    “We think it’s about high positive-affect, an approach orientation and almost a sense of lost control,” she said. It’s so adorable, it drives you crazy.

    But for the sake of thoroughness, researchers did a second experiment to test whether the aggression was simply verbal, or whether people really did want to act out in response to wide-eyed kittens and cherubic babies. Volunteers were given bubble wrap and told they could pop as much of it as they wanted.

    When faced with a slideshow of cute animals, people popped 120 bubbles, whereas people watching the funny and neutral slideshows popped 80 and 100 bubbles respectively.
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:44 AM GMT
    Well I guess that explains why I always get strangled when I am hugged... icon_biggrin.gif

    Sorry if I 'burst your bubble' teeehehehe
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:52 AM GMT
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:53 AM GMT
    Narciso saidtumblr_lsd9kegAk01qb1gqco1_500.gif


    LMAO! Perfect example. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:54 AM GMT
    Narciso saidtumblr_lsd9kegAk01qb1gqco1_500.gif



    Can you do that to me?? icon_smile.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:55 AM GMT
    FenderFan said
    Narciso saidtumblr_lsd9kegAk01qb1gqco1_500.gif



    Can you do that to me?? icon_smile.gificon_biggrin.gif


    I squeeze tight. You've been warned =o
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:55 AM GMT
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    I miss Tiny Toons!
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:56 AM GMT
    Sometimes when we squeeze and fondle things, it gives us a reward. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 06, 2013 5:01 AM GMT
    LOL I just squeezed my bear, nibbled his nose omg
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    Feb 06, 2013 5:04 AM GMT
    intensity69 saidSometimes when we squeeze and fondle things, it gives us a reward. icon_lol.gif



    Im not sure what you mean. Can you come and show me? icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 09, 2013 3:39 AM GMT
    Some questions that comes to mind... "why are things cute" or "why do we as humans think things are cute" - well, there is a very interesting answer: it's necessary for the survival of some organisms.

    Humans are cute while they are young, while they are in need of parental care. However, as they mature, they become "less cute" as some may argue. The idea behind this is simple. In order for mammalian offspring to do well, they require a lot of parental care, and the parents are driven by many reasons to care for them, but one in particular stands out: cuteness. Newborn humans are seen as cute and are meant to be cute so that the parent will care for them, and as they get older, when they don't need parental care, will be viewed as "less cute" and the parent will encourage the offspring to leave and live on its own. However, those that are viewed as "less cute" may be genetically inferior, and and the parent may not care for it, or it may not be able to compete with other offspring (e.g., runts).

    Just some insight.