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People unaware of night; HomonightcusThe trend of lives at night is booming.
  • Lee Jong-seok, Park Sung-yeun
  • 승인 2010.11.01 01:09
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  ▲ /photograph: Lee Jong-seok  

“Midnight is coming. Still Crowds are forming. Coffee shops are open and a variety of people are chatting with friends, absorbed in a book, and working on with laptop computer. It feels like the middle of afternoon in this place.”


For many people, some daily routines would not finish with only a day.  When taken over many projects or work, it’s hard to avoid stay up night with at least one cup of coffee. It makes you feel expand the time that can use in efficient, and do not distract from you to other converging things. But, what if there are people who do their work, go shopping, watching movie and even workout in gym, almost every night?


The trend of lives at night is booming. With 24 hour-facilities like bars, gyms and coffee chains running all hours of night, the boundaries between day and night are dimming, resulting in night-life can carried out till the sun shines in the afternoon.  The world biggest fast food restaurant chain, McDonalds, decided to open its doors around the clock in Korea last year.

 Also, 24-hour running cinema ‘MMC’ greatly prosper in Dongdaemun, one of Seoul’s the biggest downtowns.  Sohn Kyung mo, an English teacher, said “I usually visit beauty shop near Honggik University at night. At that time most people can pick convenient time and can be served with supreme quality,” adding that “There are so many 24-hour running stores, it’s not that special to me hanging around in the street at the 3 AM.”


The trend has coined a new word, ‘homonightcus’, signifying a person who ilves his life at night – the National Institute of Korean Language lists ‘homonightcus’ as newly-coined word. Homonightcus work, eat and enjoy themselves at night. They ‘homonightcus’ do not recognize a difference between night and day, and are not constricted to when their work can be done.


Most homonightcus say that they are free from rush hour traffic jams, so they can easily get around to public areas – hard to deny, having more chance of being apart from unwanted deterrent created by congested people, is certainly true. Mostly, they lay back their nerve-demanding work, because they find it easier to concentrate at night.  Sung bo-kyung, who working as a copywriter said that, “My working hours are at night which allows me to come up with great ideas and expressions. For many copywriters, our nights are like working days so this is  the perfect time for us to hit upon good ideas without any disturbance.”


Perhaps their reason of staying awake though middle of the night, is simple one; to have more free time for themselves.  Kim Ho-gi, a professor at Yonsei University of sociology, said “The increase of average working hours means many people prefer to cut down their sleeping time to get more leisure time these days”. He added that “Our 24-hour operating society appears to be producing more and more ‘homonightcus’.”


It now appears that gross of 24 hour-running stores are in mass and are clearly needing of employ their staff to maintain stores for a whole day. The staff is, therefore, also plunged into involuntary ‘homonightcus’.  Maybe they are most like people who work as a cashier in convenient stores, late-night taxi drivers and at other jobs. As jobs like providing public-service become 24-hour operating, people to work in that service field may forced be working at night.


Continuous working at night and day does have its drawbacks however. It can be bad for your health.  According to the research of hypnosophy, night-shift workers are 4 times more vulnerable to getting stomach ulcer, and are more likely to catch high-blood pressure, glycosuria, obesitiy, and hyperlipidemia. 

For woman, they have other problems to be wary of. One whose job is flight attendants, nurse may suffer from irregular menstruation, which can result in infertility and delivering low birth-weight babies.  Yang Bo-hee, who works as a nurse at Seoul National General Hospital, confessed “When doing overnight shift, I hardly concentrate doctor’s direction, which could lead to critical misconduct to patients. 

Overnight working usually results in irregular mealtime and life patterns; it is also cause of indigestion for me.”  Sohn Mi-joo, who works as a private secretary, said “I often deal with the task that I had never dealt with before, and it makes me stay up the night. Then I suffer from lack of sleep or get serious headaches or constipation.”

“Midnight is coming. Still Crowds are forming. Coffee shops are open and a variety of people are chatting with friends, absorbed in a book, and working on with laptop computer.  It feels like the middle of afternoon in this place.” For many people, some daily routines would not finish with only a day. 

When taken over many projects or work, it’s hard to avoid stay up night with at least one cup of coffee. It makes you feel expand the time that can use in efficient, and do not distract from you to other converging things. But, what if there are people who do their work, go shopping, watching movie and even workout in gym, almost every night? 

The trend of lives at night is booming. With 24 hour-facilities like bars, gyms and coffee chains running all hours of night, the boundaries between day and night are dimming, resulting in night-life can carried out till the sun shines in the afternoon.  The world biggest fast food restaurant chain, McDonalds, decided to open its doors around the clock in Korea last year. Also, 24-hour running cinema ‘MMC’ greatly prosper in Dongdaemun, one of Seoul’s the biggest downtowns. 

Sohn Kyung mo, an English teacher, said “I usually visit beauty shop near Honggik University at night. At that time most people can pick convenient time and can be served with supreme quality,” adding that “There are so many 24-hour running stores, it’s not that special to me hanging around in the street at the 3 AM.”The trend has coined a new word, ‘homonightcus’, signifying a person who ilves his life at night – the National Institute of Korean Language lists ‘homonightcus’ as newly-coined word. Homonightcus work, eat and enjoy themselves at night.

They ‘homonightcus’ do not recognize a difference between night and day, and are not constricted to when their work can be done.Most homonightcus say that they are free from rush hour traffic jams, so they can easily get around to public areas – hard to deny, having more chance of being apart from unwanted deterrent created by congested people, is certainly true. Mostly, they lay back their nerve-demanding work, because they find it easier to concentrate at night.  Sung bo-kyung, who working as a copywriter said that, “My working hours are at night which allows me to come up with great ideas and expressions.

For many copywriters, our nights are like working days so this is  the perfect time for us to hit upon good ideas without any disturbance.”Perhaps their reason of staying awake though middle of the night, is simple one; to have more free time for themselves.  Kim Ho-gi, a professor at Yonsei University of sociology, said “The increase of average working hours means many people prefer to cut down their sleeping time to get more leisure time these days”. He added that “Our 24-hour operating society appears to be producing more and more ‘homonightcus’.”

It now appears that gross of 24 hour-running stores are in mass and are clearly needing of employ their staff to maintain stores for a whole day. The staff is, therefore, also plunged into involuntary ‘homonightcus’.  Maybe they are most like people who work as a cashier in convenient stores, late-night taxi drivers and at other jobs. As jobs like providing public-service become 24-hour operating, people to work in that service field may forced be working at night.Continuous working at night and day does have its drawbacks however. It can be bad for your health. 

According to the research of hypnosophy, night-shift workers are 4 times more vulnerable to getting stomach ulcer, and are more likely to catch high-blood pressure, glycosuria, obesitiy, and hyperlipidemia.  For woman, they have other problems to be wary of. One whose job is flight attendants, nurse may suffer from irregular menstruation, which can result in infertility and delivering low birth-weight babies.  Yang Bo-hee, who works as a nurse at Seoul National General Hospital, confessed “When doing overnight shift, I hardly concentrate doctor’s direction, which could lead to critical misconduct to patients. 

 Overnight working usually results in irregular mealtime and life patterns; it is also cause of indigestion for me.”  Sohn Mi-joo, who works as a private secretary, said “I often deal with the task that I had never dealt with before, and it makes me stay up the night. Then I suffer from lack of sleep or get serious headaches or constipation.”

 
## Campus inside Homonightcus
Naturally there are a large number of students who are becoming ‘homonightcus’, so the number of students trying to avoid morning classes has increased. Those students so-called, 'homonightcus' try to listen to lectures allotted in the afternoon and enjoy their leisure time at night.

Some students just want more privacy and less interference from others. They are trying to spend their leisure at nighttime without people's eyes. One of the 'homonightcus' students, Lee Ji-hye who majors in Computer Science said "I always try to avoid morning classes, and listen to lectures in the afternoon."  The increase of 'homonightcus' on the campus is evident  by the fact that 68 percent of the cancelled lectures were those that starts at 9 AM in the second semester of this year in Dongguk.

Due to difficult employment problems, many students are spending their time studying and preparing for the future by gaining various experiences and participating in a variety of activities during the evenings.  They are trying to take as much time as possible at night.  In these cases they are trading off their sleeping time in exchange for developing themselves for the future. They usually do their assignments which need great amount of concentration or study things not directly related to subjects such as languages and computer skills.

“I work as an intern in the afternoon and listen to classes at night. I think I am using all 24 hours of the day”, Kim Young-ji, a senior of Business Administration said.

Again, as there are two sides to a coin, staying up all hours of the day and night can become a problem if 'homonightcus' students do not use their time properly.  As a matter of fact, many students spend their time at night with no certain plans and fail to control their time independently. In these cases, they are wasting their time and energy. For them, the nighttime which relatively doesn't have regulations and provides an environment without interferences makes them use their time in vain.

“Since I have entered university, I have been staying at a house nearby school. This lifestyle made spend of my time at night than in the past.  I have to go to the market myself to my necessities and naturally I have to do my homework done at night.  This life cycle ruined my life’s rhythm and eventually made me late for my 9 AM classes”, a student of Education, Shin Hyun-jung said.
 
   
 
  ▲ Cafe located at library top floor opens running late during the examination periods.   
 


Some students only become temporarily 'homonightcus' during the examination periods. Our mid-term examinations were taken a week ago.  When it comes to this period, each university library becomes a crowed place without relaxation despite being open 24 hours.  Because students want to do their best during this period they often prepare their clothes and washing items to sleep and eat at school.
 
At 7 AM in Manhae building's lobby, for example, a slew of students stand in line from dawn to get a seat in the library.  The time for renewing seats starts at 7 AM.  As it is very tough to get seats they try to come to school as early as possible.
 
This is not just a story of Dongguk.  One student at Chungang University said he decided to say in school for three days to save commuting time which is about 2 hours for him to come to school. He said “Every morning I take a shower at the gymnasium in school. I t provides me with hot water. I sleep in the library, or on the sofa of my department or club room. As far as accommodation goes, these places are great as they are both warm and silent.”
Currently, it’s apparent that night is not just the time to go sleep but a time new day of life beginning. With 24 hour running stores are in mass, it’s not much different the day and night. One who wants being served hair cut, go shopping, sipping coffee is anytime welcomed. And one who allotted much task, or engaging in fields demanding creative work, prefer the night for their freely time-managing. Moreover, university students are becoming ‘homonightcus’ during the examination periods. Getting good grades and preparing qualifications to join good company, they satisfy the night for their dreams.
 
Is this a bad phenomenon? That is not easy to answer, but one thing is clear.  Do not persist. You will satisfy the health before fulfill yourself in achieving your dreams. Make specific plans and make it realize before the night comes. You have another bright tomorrow to pursuing your dreams.
 
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## These are two articles of story dealing with Homonightcus people inside campus of Dongguk.
 
   
 
   
 
 

Students of 'Information and Communication Engineering' are studying with not noticing the passing of the time. They usually study in groups with their laptops on the desks in their department room staying all night long about 4 days a week during the examination period.

One student, Lee Jung-sub said “We gather to work with projects and other homeworks. It is much easier to meet each other to prepare projects at night because students all have different schedules a day. Another student, Song hyung-sub said, “There are some advantages working in projects and studying for examination at night. We can enjoy midnight snacks during the nighttime. Also, as we study and think together, we can draw out better ideas by talking with friends in comfort.”

However, the students confessed that studying and preparing projects at night makes their bodies so tired that it is too difficult for them to have normal lives on the next day, causing bad condition in the morning.
Meanwhile, they think it is hard to change their life patterns during the examination period in that there are so many projects they should handle with. Especially, students have no time to discuss the works except for the nighttime. So, eventually, they think this life style is inevitable.

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Lee Jong-seok, Park Sung-yeun  bigbell414@dongguk.edu, tjddbs1004@nate.com

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