Revenge bedtime procrastination is a term coined by the Chinese internet, and it represents the increasing phenomenon of people who intentionally refuse to go to bed early in order to regain some semblance of control over their lives. People who don’t have much control over their time in the morning delay sleep in order to carve out some time for themselves.
Most people probably indulge in revenge bedtime procrastination, without even knowing it, owing to the hectic pace of modern life. Even if one doesn’t do this, it’s easy to relate as everyone’s schedule is packed these days, whether its a student or a working professional.
By pushing back their bedtime they can get a precious few hours to themselves where there are no emails to respond to, or any demands being made on their time. These twilight hours allow people to unwind and do things that please them. Many people use this time to catch up on tv shows, talk to friends, play a game they’ve been meaning to get to, etc. Basically it has become a time for them to do something just for themselves, that they’re unable to do during the day.
As modern life continues to get busier the phenomenon of seeking refuge in the night will increase too. It appears that revenge bedtime procrastination is here to stay.