What's with Daylight Savings Time Anyway?

What's the deal with Daylight Savings Time? I don't know about you, but I don't see the point in observing this any more. It's one thing to fall back in time, but it's a complete other thing to jump ahead an hour. 

I know, historically, that Daylight Savings Time had a purpose; it was a way to save energy and save on energy costs. But in today's society, we have invented solutions that mitigate the need for Daylight Savings Time. I know that we can always do more to save energy in terms of our own consumption and choices, but seriously, I leave for work in the dark and get home in the dark and ultimately I don't see the daylight Monday - Friday until March or April. 

When researching the origins of Daylight Savings Time, I found out that we have been observing this ritual since about 1916; although it was proposed as early as the late 1700s. We have also observed Daylight Savings Time during war time and energy crises. Many countries have abandoned the practice of setting the clocks back and ahead and many never observed this practice at all. In fact, the majority of the countries in the world have never observed Daylight Savings Time. 

So, why do we continue to practice this archaic shifting through time as though we have some worthwhile reasoning? This shift back and forth is hard on our physical and physiological beings. Children's mental capacity does not observe time changes and it takes days to get them back on a schedule. Adults suffer too from resetting our internal clocks forward or back. According to the Harvard Health Blog our circadian rhythm gets so out of whack that our sleep schedule is effected the most by gaining an hour of sleep that very few of us actually benefit from the extra hour in the fall. 

There are also an increase in car accidents and more time wasted on the internet when the time goes back an hour. Work place accidents are higher on the Monday following our spring ahead (livescience.com). This seems to me to be like a glitch in the space-time continuum. After the time change, fall or spring, I always feel like the world has been altered in some way. The daylight often seems brighter and the darkness darker. 

So why do we still observe Daylight Savings Time? I think it's an archaic practice that has no basis in reality. I think that as a society we should petition our politicians to put an end to this rift in the space time continuum and to stop the insanity. 

~Jennifer Ward

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