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11 p.m. - Prime time on Internet

September 2, 2009 12:55:26 PM PDT
It's 11 p.m. Do you know where your neighbors are? Chances are they're online. According to a new study, North Americans have been staying up late to do their Internet browsing this summer. That appears to be a shift from previous years, when most Internet activity was in the daytime.

The new study by Internet security firm Arbor Networks found that people using the Internet at work and school produce a smaller traffic peak around 4 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays.

Internet activity then declines as people head home. At 8 p.m. Eastern, U.S. and Canadian home Internet traffic starts spiking, and stays surprisingly strong past midnight, Arbor found. At 2 a.m. Eastern, overall traffic is as high as it is at 9 a.m., when people are logging in at work.

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