I’m an “Owl”

Robin Hanson’s recent post is very entertaining, indeed. Some findings:

  • College freshmen who kept night-owl hours had lower GPAs.
  • Evening-types are more likely to have higher intelligence scores.
  • Late risers tire less quickly. … Those who rise later tend to be both cleverer and richer.
  • Night workers more likely to be evening type and the unemployed less likely to be moderately morning type … Evening types were 2.5 times more likely to report that their general health was only poor or fair.
  • Morning people are more likely to be self-controlled and exhibit “upstanding” conduct; they respect authority, are more formal, and take greater pains to make a good impression. … Evening people, by contrast, are “independent” and “nonconforming,” and more reluctant to listen to authority.

Now obviously humans have evolved to live in sunlight, as we are very inefficient in the dark. However, I can’t remember the last time I had to sprint from a cougar in the dark, so I think the usefulness of that adaptation is pretty well past its prime. There is a lot of “lark”-bias in the world in things that matter for conducting the business of a “normal” life. The DMV closes at 3pm, post office and bank at 7pm. Many stores close early. Alcohol consumption laws even have a “lark”-bias, as do bars and restaurants (happy hour).

WalMart seems to be our only ally against an extremely high level of discrimination. Why don’t us “owls” rise up against this repression?


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