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The internet loves staying up late with the ‘me at 3am’ meme

What's keeping you from bed?


Gabe Bergado

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 27, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 1:18 pm CDT

It’s late. Everyone else has gone to bed. Your mom turned in at 8pm because she has to wake your younger siblings up for school in the morning. Or all your housemates have been asleep for hours because they’ve got a volleyball tournament the next day.

Meanwhile, you’re in your room. There’s an empty Papa John’s box on the floor—you finished the last slice 45 minutes ago. Maybe you’re still up reading about octopus mating habits. Perhaps the dankest memes of the weirdest corners of the internet are keeping you from bed. Or you’re on the 12th episode in a row of Orange Is the New Black

Whatever’s keeping you up, it’s fucking late.

We’ve all been there. It’s a situation so real that it has, of course, found its way into memedom. And there’s a whole flurry of things people of the interwebz are too distracted with to hit the sack for a good night’s rest.

The meme has been around for a while, but it often sees a resurgence when Netflix releases a new season of television and people are up binging as many episodes as possible. When Orange Is the New Black‘s season 4 premiered in mid-June, a slew of these memes surfaced.

But aside from crazy dancing and prying open your eyelids to get to the finale of OITNB, there are some completely ridiculous examples of what people are getting into at this time of night.

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*First Published: Jun 27, 2016, 9:30 am CDT