Depending on where you are around the globe you either adjusted your clock or you are about to change with the time. Maybe you’ll change it later this month. Maybe it’s time to actually “change with the time.”
It’s what we call Daylight Saving Time when we turn the clock forward on the second Sunday in March in the U.S.A. The idea was initially created to help farmers and others to have extra daylight. Well, I could always use that extra hour of sleep I’ll lose tonight. Many of you have already lost it.
I feel for the person who will be late for work because he or she “didn’t get the memo” or forget to set the clock. Well – maybe the clock can be blamed for it this time.
What about all of you traveling? Are computers automatic enough to keep up with your travels and the constant time changes?
Does the time change affect you in addition to the jet lag?
There has been some buzz lately about initiatives to keep the clock the same without having to “spring forward” or “fall back.” Why can’t we just keep it the same? I know I feel a little more tired each time we change – whether forward or backward – and it takes about a week to adjust. Maybe it’s only my mindset.
Regardless, can’t we just keep it the same? Has the time come where the time change doesn’t really matter that much? I would like to hear your thoughts around the world. Do you even change the time to accommodate the season?
In the U.S. Arizona and Hawaii don’t change and Florida has just passed legislation to keep the time on Daylight Saving Time. I’m not sure if that is the right course of action. If anything, can’t we keep it on the standard time? I mean, it’s not like we get extra time. We all have 24 hours in a day, right?
Maybe I’m not that smart to really understand the issues.
So, is light relative to the task at hand? Lighthouses are still in use (although more scarce) and provide their intended light. If we need more daylight maybe, just maybe, we can use solar and other artificial light more effectively and efficiently.
Webexibits.org (http://www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/b2.html) mentions a poll conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation indicating “Americans liked Daylight Saving Time because ‘there is more light in the evenings / can do more in the evenings.’ A 1976 survey of 2.7 million citizens in New South Wales, Australia, found 68% liked daylight saving. Indeed, some say that the primary reason that Daylight Saving Time is a part of many societies is simply because people like to enjoy long summer evenings, and that reasons such as energy conservation are merely rationalizations.”
What say ye?
CNN reported that the idea of daylight saving was first conceived in the U.S. by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. Wow, I didn’t know the idea goes back that far. CNN has some other good information on the timeline and issues in their post at https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/09/politics/daylight-saving-time-florida/index.html.
“Daylight Saving Time is one of those weird quirks of the Western world — most countries outside Europe and North America don’t take part,” CNN states. “Everyone, for the most part, is pretty excited to fall back in October and bemoans losing an hour of sleep in March.”
I say let’s just make the best of it until we can “change with the time” again.