Why do programmers like to work at night?

Why do programmers like to work at night?

One of the many popular opinions about programmers is that they just love to work at night. But is this really true? Or maybe it’s just a myth that for some reason clings to programmers, because they are often unorthodox people? I asked some developers I know about it.

I love working nights. It’s the perfect time, no distractions, no distractions. It’s just me and the monitor light. I can focus perfectly, and then the code almost writes itself. I can create more at night than during the day.

Patryk, PHP Developer

There are a lot of myths about programmers. Many people think of them as recluses and weirdos who work nights or even around the clock. However, many of these opinions have nothing to do with reality, and others are only half-truths. So let’s get to the facts. In the publication from Leanpub you can read that the most active coders show between 10 am and 5 pm, that is, during normal working hours. Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised. More interesting, however, are data on the time that follows a typical working day. It turns out that high activity of programmers is noted until 3 o’clock at night. Least coders work between 4: 00 and 6: 00 a.m.


Independent and full-time developers

I’m a freelancer and I often schedule my work flexibly. Sometimes I work at night. Sometimes it’s because I’m looking for more peace, and sometimes it’s because I screw up and I have to catch up. But then working in the dark is not so pleasant anymore.

Matthew, C++programmer

Programmers can be broadly divided into freelancers, who flexibly shape their working hours, and full-time coders, who most often adapt to the working hours set by the employer. All because the latter programmers often have to work with other people on an ongoing basis, and contacting colleagues in the middle of the night is not necessarily the best idea.

Standing at the opposite pole freelancers seem to be more likely to be nocturnal. However, it is often forced by delays in the implementation of projects and the need to catch up with work due to inexorably approaching deadlines.

Night work still has a practical dimension. First of all developers are not exposed to as many distractions as during the day. You don’t have to break away from coding and respond to emails, there are no meetings and meetings, there is much less temptation to look at Facebook or Twitter.

In addition, research by American scientists, published in the prestigious Scientific American magazine, proves that when we are rested in the morning, we concentrate on the task, but only when we are tired and it is late, our mind shows the greatest creativity for us.


Age matters

Many years ago, I often worked at night, but today it happens to me only occasionally. I miss the night shift, but I had to let it go. Now I wear glasses and my eyes get tired instantly when I work in the dark. It seems to me that at night I was more efficient in terms of coding.

Adam, Java Developer

As it turns out, the night activity of programmers can also be related to age. More and more people talk about the connection of daily activity with the internal clock of the human body. It turns out that the younger people, the more active they are in the morning. With aging, creative stimulation shifts more and more towards the night, and it is best to work after dark for people aged about 21 years.

However, one more factor-family-has a big influence on the night work activity. Usually young programmers in their twenties do not yet have a wife / husband and children, so they can devote themselves to coding at any time. Their older colleagues do not often have this comfort anymore. They must then divide their time between work and family life. Many of them can not afford to work late at night, because in the morning you need to take the children to school or kindergarten, do shopping or fulfill a lot of other duties.

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