Daylight Saving Doesn't Save Us Anything

Daylight savings

Daylight Saving Time is an age-old tradition enforced by law even though it is no longer needed.

 

Daylight Saving Time (yes, it’s not actually savings) ended Nov. 3, which means it’s time to “fall back” for yet another meaningless time change.

 

According to National Geographic, Daylight Saving Time was first proposed in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin as a joke. Franklin said that the city could save money on candle wax if their clocks were better attuned to the rising and falling of the sun.

 

The idea wasn’t considered seriously until 1907, however. Then, in 1918 and amid World War I, the United States passed an act that made Daylight Saving Time law. The government rationed that if clocks were set to optimize daylight, less electricity would be used, which would save coal, therefore helping the war effort.

 

There was nothing to do with farmers. It was enacted purely for economic reasons.

 

“Daylight saving time has been affecting international relations, creating nested time zones, and potentially influencing your health,” according to National Geographic.

 

So, why is it that a century later, Daylight Saving Time still exists? For more economic reasons.

 

Daylight Saving Time increases the amount of sunlight we get in a day. This has thebiggest effect during the summer. With more daylight, people spend more money. According to research done by JP Morgan Chase, Daylight Saving Time was, “associated with a 0.9 percent increase in daily card spending per capita.”

 

Daylight Saving Time was recently extended to November specifically so that Halloween would be included in the “extra daylight.” Since this change, Halloween has become the number two commercial holiday in the United States, according to Forbes. The longer people are out trick-or-treating, the more candy people buy.

 

Another reason we keep Daylight Saving Time is because it’s become tradition. It’s just something we all do at this point.

While it’s annoying to have to change the clock and mess up your sleep schedule, there are actually somesurprising effectsof Daylight Saving.

 

Research done by the University of Michigan shows a 24% increase in heart attacks on the Monday following Daylight Saving Time. Research from Stanford University found that the amount of car accidents increased in the days following the time change. Harvard University found that on the Monday following Daylight Saving Time, judges gave 5% longer prison sentences. Even a Facebook data analysis showed a 25% increase in the use of the word “tired,” and similar increases with “sleepy” and “exhausted.”

 

There are currently 41 states with active bills aimed at getting rid of Daylight Saving Time.

 

In 2018, Alabamaactually passed a bill sponsored by Senator Rusty Glover, who said he wants to end the now meaningless,tradition of moving clocks ahead one hour during the spring and back an hour in the fall.Alabama would permanently stay on Daylight Saving Time and stop switching the clock.

 

However, Alabama will still be changing the clocks this year, as the House denied the bill.

 

Allison Brown

Senior Staff Member

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