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    Default Why do we think things are "cute"?

    Why do humans think things are cute? What qualifies as cute? Small animals? Babies? Why? I love cute shit but what even the hecky is the science behind cuteness?
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    i don't really know because my mothertongue is spanish, so cannot deal as much with the concept of "cute" in everyday speech so as to give you answer XD, but i'd say that it points to charming things in general, an easy way to relate to charm without falling into overthinking XD
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    I guess we equate cute with innocence and we all like a bit of purity sometimes.
    Kinda like them Hayao Miyazaki films. ^-^
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    To me cuteness is something that stirs up a parental instinct in someone. To me myself cuteness is something that reminds you of something young like big eyes, helpfulness, big head and a adorable face. Basically a kitten,baby or puppy in one. Interesting about the fact that people get frustrated about looking at cute photos and not being able to access the cute thing.

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    I do not find things like babies, kittens or tiny dogs cute. Things that are weak and helpless disgust me.
    ...but I do like puppies. They tend to be more playful and...bitey.

    Most of the things that I consider cute..are more like Stitch ( from Lilo and Stitch) or Gaulem from LotR.

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    If you ask for reason, I think generally we find cute as you've written children, small animals like puppies - because they are vulnerable. So I guess we are "programmed" to have emotional reaction which cause us to be protective and provides them bigger chances of survival.
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    We're biologically programmed to think things are cute which have similar characteristics to babies. For example: round, big eyes and head relative to body size, helplessness, small etc.
    Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yamato Nadeshiko View Post
    Why do humans think things are cute? What qualifies as cute? Small animals? Babies? Why? I love cute shit but what even the hecky is the science behind cuteness?
    I don't know. Perhaps they lack the proper frame of mind for making a more substantive characterization?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    I don't know. Perhaps they lack the proper frame of mind for making a more substantive characterization?
    How would you characterize an adorable tiny floofy kitten with a little pink tongue and toebeans?

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