There was a big debate on a videogame industry board I inhabit recently about night-owl vs. lark types (also known as chronotypes). This is a debate I’ve had with many people over the years, over and over again, and it typically takes this shape:
Why can’t you get to work at 10am? I:
- Have no problem waking up at 4am every morning, fit as a fiddle… or…
- Am a night-owl myself, and have trained myself to get up every morning – deal with it
… or many variations of the above.
So I did some research (and others did some research), and the upshot is that – as I expected – quite a large number of people in the video game industry are night owls if you do the right rigorous questionnaire and answer truthfully. Larger than the normal population by about 10%, in fact. And if you include the mostly night-owlish people with the extreme night-owls, that number goes up even higher.