The last notable skirmish in the night owl versus early bird feud had all to do with intelligence. After analyzing the GMA scores of male and female MBA students, researchers from The University of Chicago and Northwestern University found creatures of the night to be of much higher intellect than worm getters. One tally for late risers, as far as gray matter is concerned but which group is more likely to wake up alone?
Recently Sleepopolis published a comprehensive study conducted by OnePoll, that compared 1,000 American nocturnals to 1,000 American early risers, yielding fascinating data that ranges from the likelihood to engage in certain hobbies to the degree of belief in the paranormal.
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Some of the findings shake out like you might have guessed. For instance, early risers (who got seven hours of sleep at night) were generally found to be optimistic fans of nature walks that also earned more money (though the survey did not provide more details on income), and night owls (six hours of sleep) were generally found to be Instagram obsessed smart-alecks that believe in “ghosts and cryptids.” Business as usual. They also made less money than their rooster friends. What you might not have expected though, is that early birds reported being late to work more frequently than night owls did.
Moreover, despite the night being a commonly used shorthand for partying and half-remembered adventures, night owls were observed to be shyer and not having as active a sex life as their early rising friends.
Although night owls reported the virtue of loyalty more than early birds, the latter were more often married and had children in the house. Maybe it has something to do with tactics, considering early birds reported utilizing online dating more and having a stronger penchant for active hobbies like walking, cooking, hiking, going to the gym and playing sports.
A good portion of night owls preferred solitary routines, like reading and sleeping. Sardonically enough, night owls more frequently favored sleeping next to a significant other or a pet, whereas early birds more often tossed and turned and snored despite their wealth of slumber company.
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