Published On: Tue, Nov 20th, 2018

Late-Night Tweeting Corresponds To Poor Performance For NBA Players, Study Finds

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the LA Clippers drives against Alex Len #25 of the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on November 19, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

In case you were wondering if those late-night social media marathons were bringing you down the next day, the answer, at least for athletes, seems to be a resounding yes. Sports Illustrated reported that there’s a strong correlation between tweeting after 11 p.m. and having a poor game the next day.

Professors at Stony Brook College wanted to determine if sleep deprivation had an impact on performance, and the best way to do that was to see who was up late with their phone in hand. They looked through over 37,000 tweets from 112 players over seven years, from 2009 to 2016. Then they looked at game performance the next day. What they found was that players scored 1.14 fewer points and shooting efficiency dropped by 1.7 percent. Players also played 2 fewer minutes per game.

Those numbers only got worse the later a player was up tweeting. Those who were typing things out between 2 and 6 a.m. had a drop of 3.6 percent in shooting efficiency.

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Late-Night Tweeting Corresponds To Poor Performance For NBA Players, Study Finds