The Stranger recently posted an article on those behind FurScience who actually studies the furry fandom.
To quote the article
“We’ll tackle different topics in large part as furries bring them to us,” Dr. Roberts says. By training, she’s an identity researcher who studies how people transition into adulthood. The coping strategies developed over decades by the funny animal community (as it was known before the term “furry” took hold) are a source of deep fascination, because the data show that furries have particular insight when it comes to that transition.
And it goes on to discuss what they found that furries are genuinely happier, and much more you can find the full article HERE