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These Are The Sleepiest Parts Of The Internet

•, By Dan Moren

New York City is the city that never sleeps, and if a new study from the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering is any indication, it's home to plenty of active Internet connections around the clock. But there are plenty of places around the globe where the Internet actually does sleep at night.

While the United States and parts of southern Africa and Western Europe display pretty much constant Internet connectivity, countries such as Armenia, Georgia, and Belarus follow a diurnal usage pattern that sees Internet usage peak as the day progresses and then taper off at night.

As interesting as that might be, it's far more fun to look at the data visually, as evidenced by the  animated GIF above that shows how patterns of Internet usage change while the night sweeps across the map. For reference, pinkish/reddish blocks indicate higher than mean Internet usage, while blue blocks represent lower than average activity.

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