It's About (Daylight Savings) Time

By Rene Santana on March 12, 2019

There has been a show of hands wanting to get rid of Daylight Saving Time as it is seen as pointless, especially since it has only done more harm than help. But since we’ve been turning out clocks for more than a half a century, it may seem like a routine too solidified to take out of our country’s culture. Perhaps everyone’s distaste comes from the lack of sleep they get, but even then, an extra shot of espresso or pot of coffee would help get you back on track. There isn’t much fuss about Daylights Saving Time during the summertime, but that doesn’t stop people from writing up bills to pass its demise. Regardless if you hate it or love it, it definitely affects everyone in the U.S. and is always the talk of the town when it passes through.

As I mentioned, There’s been countless petitions and bills to try and rewrite the laws on daylights saving, and while a few states are close to controlling their daylight hours, the other forty or more states would still need to jump on board for the US to fully abandon the event. With all the reported car accidents and un-productivity, it’s pretty clear as to why everyone is so onboard with getting rid of it. Though there is some support for how it has helped save on energy usage, the math was a wash. It was thought that if people were encouraged to get out of the house, they wouldn’t use electricity as much, but in the 21st century, if were aren’t at home, we are driving around, using gas to drive down to the mall to shop.

Losing or Gaining Hour, It All Depends On Your Perspective

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My take is that it is nice that we do get an extra hour of sunlight, meaning more time to hike, shop, and get my errands done before the sunsets and feel like the day is gone. As tired as I am from my regular routine of work and sleep, losing an hour does hurt, but then I see that I have an extra hour of sun to walk in and get some of that vitamin D that I have been missing. It’s a bit of a mind game, but I did feel as though as I had more “time” to get my errands done or relax longer, despite losing that one hour of sleep.

Even if daylight saving vanished, it would take a few months to readjust to losing that extra hour. We would be gaining an hour in the process, so I’m sure no one would truly be upset if the next weekend clocks were switched back. Regardless of human interference, though, daytime light lengthens. At this point, it’s a catch-22 luxury so that we can feel like summer days never truly end, and it’s during those days that I’m not sure why we would want to petition for a bill rather than enjoy an extra hour of fun and relaxation.

CWU Graduate | Writer | Editor @WaldorfPress | Favors Tech, UX, and the Serial Comma.

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