Daylight Savings Time

Keep it or eliminate it?

Why do we need Daylight Savings Time? Who can give me a really good and well thought out reason for having Daylight Savings Time?

Please, someone explain to me why we need to change time instead of changing our schedules?

9 thoughts on “Daylight Savings Time”

  1. From your brief remarks I will assume that you agree with the basic notion that some predictable reaction to the change in daylight hours is reasonable. All the usual arguments about saving energy, etc. are valid. Arising earlier and performing more of our daily routine when the sun is up just makes sense.

    I’m inferring that your beef is not with the notion behind DST, just with the government mandating changing our clocks instead of allowing each of us to decide for ourselves how to adjust our lives?

    Can you just imagine what a muddle that would lead to? Some people accept the arguments behind DST, and would indeed change their schedules. Some can’t be bothered to change any aspect of their comfortably numb lives for any reason, and wouldn’t change.

    So far, so what, right?

    Well as long as we all live on our own little islands, that’s fine. But we don’t. So what about businesses? If the owner, to affect cost savings, mandates that work will begin at 7:00 instead of 8:00, that has an impact on the employees. What about schools? Ideally they’d change to save some electricity on lights, etc. And as the days get longer, some families would want their kids home earlier. So do they change? Perhaps. And what about the impact of interlocking schedules? If my wife and I have to leave for work an hour earlier, how does that impact our family’s morning routine? What about sports activities, church activities, civic activities, train and bus schedules, public services, retail businesses? How do their changing schedules impact our lives? And that’s all just in your little town. What about customers, suppliers, partners, and others with which you associate or work in other towns or countries?

    Because we all lead such interconnected lives, it quickly would turn into an enormous morass. Bottom line, we either all have to change together, or we all have to not change at all.

    I think it makes more sense to change.

  2. Ray, I appreciate your comment, but I am still not convinced that we should change our clocks an hour in either direction twice a year. The more I think about it, the more I wonder why we need to change time, or even our schedules.

    As another good friend of mine (Jake) pointed out, “Good times to be had both day and night.” We live in a time where we make our own light if we need it. Is there any reason not to just let the seasons do their thing and let our days have light for longer or shorter intervals throughout the year?

    Is anyone really affected adversely by having light for a lesser duration in their day? Does DST really save any energy?

    My previously quoted other friend also sent me this informational link:

  3. I guess so the sun’s not up at 5am in the summer? I also like that it stays light later in the summer time. As for switching winter over to the same time as daylight savings, it’d be a little dark when it’s time for the kids to go to school. What’d be COOL though is if rather than changing the clocks for winter vs summer, we just change our accepted schedules. In winter, work could start at 10 am and end at 3, giving us a little afternoon time to enjoy what light we’ve got, and at night, the extra rest would be good for those winter flus. Maybe it’d cut down on traffic accidents too. And don’t you naturally have a bit more energy in the summer? If only it such a schedule change were a bit more practical. But daylight savings isn’t too practical either, so who knows? :-p

  4. re: Is anyone really affected adversely by having light for a lesser duration in their day?

    Seasonal affective disorder sounds pathetic, I know, but it makes a big impact on some people. If I leave work work in the dark and finish in the dark too and don’t have any time to enjoy a little sunshine, I have a rough time getting through winter.

  5. I have the solution!!! You can all move to AZ like us and you will never have a problem with DST! See you soon!

  6. I’d do it! Well, I don’t know how MY work day could get shorter (there surely aren’t enough hours in the day as is) but if I were doing hourly work it’d sure be nice to chop an hour off each month from october to december, then slowly add them back on through March. I’d even add extra time back into summer work days.. really 🙂 And of course two two week vacations would help too. :-/

    Next when I’m queen of the world: stricter but cheaper photo ticketing for traffic violations but also a weekly random rewards system for drivers caught being good…

  7. Fred, I have actually considered moving back to Arizona. I enjoyed it when I was younger.

    Velda, I will vote you for queen. Just let me know when the election is. =)

  8. I agree with Fred. Living in Arizona is great! I really like not having to worry about DST.
    With that said the more I interact with people outside of the Arizona bubble (multi-state and international phone conferences for example) it gets kind of annoying always trying to figure out if the time difference is 8 or 9 hours to London (or other city of your choice), or driving to Utah do we lose an hour or does the time stay the same? In the end I think there is just as much hassle with DST living in Arizona (where we have tons of daylight no matter what we do) as there is living in a place that changes their clock forward or backward (however that is supposed to work).

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