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What is the Point of Daylight Saving Time?

November 7, 2010
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Today is the end of daylight saving time, but I have no clue why we still follow such an antiquated practice as DST?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is not a new concept. In 1784, when Benjamin Franklin was Minister to France, an idea occurred to him: in that part of the year when the sun rises while most people are still asleep, clocks could be reset to allow an extra hour of daylight during waking hours. He calculated that French shopkeepers could save one million francs per year on candles  — CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

So in the 18th century it was saving on candles.  In the 1960s the Uniform Time Act establishing the official start and end dates of Daylight Saving Time (which have changed now) and the US time zones, was created to keep time consistent in the United States.  My question is with the technology we have, do we really need this anymore?  Are we saving money anymore changing hours in the United States, I wonder what the energy savings compared between Arizona and Hawaii?  People work such long and diverse hours these days and with technology as a driving force lamps and TVs and computers are always running after sundown regardless of what time sundown technically occurs.  I’m not really arguing for an abolishment of Daylight Saving Time, just questing its validity.  Why don’t we just keep our clocks where they are?  It seems so silly to always change the time.  Maybe if I was a farmer it would make sense, but even they rely heavily on technology these days.

Why do I need to change my clock every six months?  What good does it do for me in the year 2010/2011?  Does anyone have a good reason?

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  1. November 7, 2010 9:00 pm

    Not me. I am not a fan of it either.

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