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What is the Purpose of Daylight Savings Time?

Today we are going off topic and are going to talk about time, specifically daylight savings time. People usually complain about it every time (no pun intended) it comes around. But it actually isn’t a new idea. It actually began in the early 1900s and the original goal behind it was to provide as much sunlight as possible. But why did it start and is it actually a worth continuing?

What is it?

You’ve probably heard the saying spring forward and fall backward? This means that in the spring you will set your clock forward. You will lose time, which can often feel like it is ruining your sleep cycle, hence the reason people hate it. But in the fall you do get an extra hour of sleep!

 

The idea and purpose

The thought is that by moving the time, this will maximize the amount of daylight during the working hours. The goal is that there will be an increase in productivity and efficiency. Although it is commonly said that farmers are the main reason for daylight savings time, this actually isn’t true. Many farmers dislike it because it changes there schedule and can make their life tougher.

 

Advocates

  • Energy is one reason many say that daylight savings time is good. Because there is more daylight, less electricity will be consumed. But at the same time, they are outside doing things, which means more driving and gas consumption. So oil companies actually like daylight savings time.
  • Repairs, leisure, gardening, and other activities that require daylight are also benefited by the time change. Anyone who wants to do more outside is benefited from daylight savings time.
  • Professional sports were affected by daylight savings back before electric lights. At that time baseball teams would have to call draws because it was too dark. Obviously, this is no longer the case.
  • One of the other reasons that many people argue is a benefit of daylight savings time is for school children. If it stays light for longer, then children will be able to walk home in the sun. This is much safer.

Opposition

  • Farmers are some of the biggest opponents of daylight savings time. The main reason for this is that they have a schedule that doesn’t change based off of the hour. So this means that it is more of a pain for farmers.
  • Commuters often dislike daylight savings time since instead of having to leave at 6 in the morning, they would now be leaving at 5. This means that it will be darker in the morning. This can make driving tough. The benefit is that it will be sunnier on the way back.

 

While there are other reasons to oppose it, these seem to be the most common reasons. While these are valid, overall it doesn’t seem like it is a big issue for a lot of people. The general consensus is that it allows for energy savings and benefits productivity. But is it worth the hassle and the damage to our sleep cycle? I guess we will find out! Hopefully, you are now recovered from the effects of the change and won’t have to deal with it again for over six months!