A new study published in the American Journal of Psychology has found that the Arthropod Wikipedia page is actually most fascinating at 4:30 in the morning.
“As you all know, arthropods are invertebrates with an exoskeleton, a segmented body, and paired jointed appendages,” said lead investigator Dr. Jennifer Haggis. “Facts like this just seem to be the most interesting to people in the early hours of the morning.”
The study tracked Wikipedia page access data and found that over 95% of page views occurred between 4:00 and 5:00 in the morning, suggesting that this is the time when interest in arthropods peaks.
“This is not a surprising result,” Dr. Haggis clarified. “We assume that most people are reading about how the Arthropoda phylum includes crustaceans when they are awake with insomnia. I mean, why else would they be reading about how arthropods use haemolymph instead of blood?”
The study reports that the average time of page access was 4:33 AM, with a standard deviation of five minutes. Similar to how arthropods make up over 80 percent of all living animal species, over 80 percent of article reads come in between 4:20 to 4:40 AM, the study showed.
A secondary result from the study also found that visitors to arthropod Wikipedia pages typically made their way to the “List of Antarctic and subantarctic islands” article around 5:00 AM.