The Surprising Difference Between Early Birds and Night Owls

Dacy Knight

There are many arguments both for and against being an early bird or a night owl. If you're an early riser, you argue that it's best to bolt out of bed before the sun comes up and tackle the day from its very first moments. If you're a night owl, you might contend that you hit your stride much later in the day and that real productivity kicks in late at night. Well, it turns out that when it comes to writing—in emails, on social media, and for blogs—one group greatly outperforms the other. According to Grammarly's analysis of more than one billion words corrected by the software, early birds make fewer errors than their night-loving counterparts across all platforms.

Emails drafted between 4 and 8 a.m., when early birds are beginning their days, average 11.8 mistakes for every 100 words written, versus 14.3 mistakes per 100 words in emails written between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., when night owls are up burning the midnight oil. On social media, night owls make over 10% more errors than early birds when updating their platforms. When it comes to writing blog content, early birds also perform better, making half as many errors as those who write late at night. Furthermore, night owls confuse words a whopping 66% more often than early birds do.

The reasoning behind these startling findings are unclear, and the data collection doesn't necessarily take into account individuals who wake up early and stay up late. What is for certain is fewer errors occur in writing when it's done in the morning, so if you're up late sending emails or posting things online, make sure to thoroughly proofread before you press send.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? When do you find yourself able to write best?

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