However, Arbor plans a follow-up to the study based on traffic data in other seasons, together with a close analysis of some of the hosting providers with strong nighttime traffic.
Sidenote: I'm an 18 year old student from Belgium that loves Rock and roll Hey Tiffany. I'm looking for late night chat buddies as well but the only thing stopping me is the difference in time zone.
Instant messaging traffic is quite constant throughout the day, but it only starts dropping somewhere around midnight.
Before I begin the thankless, never-not-mortifying task of discussing late night texting etiquette, I must first declare this a shame-free space.
That is, we must all agree that no one late-night texts elegantly, or eloquently, or respectably, and that’s fine.
In what is perhaps the largest study of Internet traffic's temporal characteristics, the folks at Arbor have used data from the Internet Observatory and analyzed weekday application traffic flowing through 110 geographically diverse Internet service providers.
What they've found is somewhat surprising: US Internet traffic is at its peak at 11pm EDT, and it stays relatively high until 3am in the morning.
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The next morning, I only noticed I'd done this when I went on Twitter to tweet a New York Times article on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Of course, it's always good to have friends around, to stop you from late-night texting or tweeting or emailing or Facebook messaging. If you're in the mood to be destructive, you'll make it happen. You'll say your parents are calling and step outside of the bar. You might even say, "Oh, dammit, it's going to snow tomorrow! Which means that at the end of the day, when it comes to mortification in the form of regrettable, drunken electronic communication, the only real rule you must stick to is one of self-love and acceptance and humor. I, for one, have made a rule to never accept any invitation between the hours of 11 p.m. Last weekend, a guy texted me at AM: "Please tell me ur tryna party tonight...." It was very easy to not respond to this.
I know that in the future, however, there will be times when I want to respond and will respond.
Arbor's analysis shows what these late night surfers like to do online.
Online gaming is tough to do at work or at school, so this type of traffic grows by more than 60% after 2pm and peaks between 8pm and 11pm EDT on weekdays.
Once upon a time, Internet traffic peaked somewhere around 8 AM, when most people come to work.