Daylight Saving or Daylight Wasting?

After setting my clock forward, I realized that daylight savings time is just a pain in the, well everything.

by Madeleine Kriech

Daylight savings is a waste of my time–literally and figuratively. I miss the hour between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. each year in early March. This year I happened to be at a cast party for the musical, Cinderella. Because of teenage angst and the caffeine I was loaded with, I went to bed at 5 a.m. March 13, which, without daylight savings, was 4 a.m., a much more reasonable hour.

Let’s look at daylight savings through the lens of history. First of all, it’s daylight saving time. Not daylight savings time. Second of all, ol’ Ben Franklin did not introduce the idea–William Willett did. In 1916, Germany was the first country to implement daylight saving time in order to conserve energy during World War I. However, later studies conclude that what we save in light energy, we make up for in air conditioning. So really, the original point of daylight saving (DLS) time isn’t even valid! Also, DLS does not benefit farmers. Since they go off the sun, not relative time, they must wait an extra hour to start the harvest. Now you might be thinking, “well the whole world does it so we should too,” but, once again, you’d be wrong. Only one quarter of the world participates in DLS. Not even half! And if Albert Einstein is right, and time is relative, then why does it matter, anyway?

I could go into more statistics and talk about how DLS causes more car accidents and that our internal clocks are thrown off and all that fun stuff, but the reality is, DLS is just an old and grown-out idea. Over 100 years later and one quarter of the world still hasn’t got a clue. Why keep old ideas when the new world is becoming more innovative and advanced? As I like to say, out with the old and in with the new. I’m sure people all around the world would appreciate the extra hour of sleep in early March. Until then, I guess we will continue to be late to school or work because we forgot to set our clocks forward.

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