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Morning People Are Less Ethical At Night

By Andrew Cullison
13 Jul 2014

And Night Owls are more likely to cheat in the morning. According to this recent study, people who are early risers tend to behave more unethically as the day goes on. By nightfall, they are much more likely to behave unethically than they are in the morning. Conversely, people who have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning and consider themselves to be night owls seem to be better behaved in the evening hours.

These results shouldn’t be too surprising. Ethical behavior is, afterall, sometimes a matter of resisting temptations and the more tired you are, the weaker your will is likely to be.

Supposing this is true; what implications does it have for you? Are you a morning person? Do you think you should be extra-vigilant at night now? Does this study fit with your experience? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Andrew Cullison is the director of the Cincinnati Ethics Center.
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