AEST 00:00, Fri Feb 1 2013
Looking at pictures of cute animals has been linked to increased productivity at work, having a calming effect, and of course eliciting that warm and fuzzy feeling.
But a new study shows it can also encourage aggressive reactions.
Start typing "so cute I could…" into Google and a plethora of violent and threatening suggestions follow.
"So cute I could eat you/kill you/maul you" may be searched in jest, but their aggressive sentiments are backed up by a survey of web surfers browsing animal pictures ranked "cute", "funny" and "neutral" with their reactions monitored.
"Cuteness" in animals has been pinpointed as having big eyes, big cheeks, and big forehead.