On a chart designed by self-described "multidisciplinary artist" Bård Edlund, the time of day when the most people will be awake to read your pithy tweet (at least on the East Coast) is at 9 a.m. Edlund's "Is The Internet Awake?" -- which follows past projects like "The Weather Wheel" and "The Dow Piano" -- is a moving chart that has white globes -- representing 25 of the largest broadband Internet markets globally, from China's 117 million to Romania's 3 million -- oscillate from left (day) to right (night) as a 24-hour clock at the top ticks away. As you can see below, every single country Edlund tracked is on the awake side at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The further to the right a country is corresponds to the portion of its population that is likely to be asleep that hour. Edland offers a caveat, though: "this doesn't take into account how likely it is that everyone is tuned into the Internet at that time." The full, moving chart, can be found here.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.