Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Daylight Saving Time

I hate Daylight Saving Time. If you didn't know that already, you would by the time you finish reading this. The modern idea of Daylight Saving Time (DST) was proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson, and it was first implemented during the First World War. You can find a more thorough discussion here, if you're interested. The idea was simple--shift schedules so there would be less electricity used for incandescent lighting during the day. That was appropriate during wartime and times of energy crisis with the need for conservation. But with modern advances, such as compact fluorescent bulbs replacing incandescent ones, is DST really necessary?

I hate the thought of having to convince children that it's time to go to bed while the sun hasn't dipped below the horizon. I hate the prospect of getting those children off to school while it's still dark outside. I hate getting hungry an hour later than usual. I hate...well, you get the picture.

I'm fond of saying that the concept of DST is similar to cutting six inches off the top of a piece of cloth and sewing it on the bottom to make it longer. How about you? Is DST on your list of favorites? Should we petition Congress to do away with it? Would it do any good? What say you?

Meanwhile, I feel the need for a nap.

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4 comments:

Charise Olson said...

I absolutely think it's time to go. Someone told me there is a correlation with increased ER visits around DTS? I do know that schools hate it (twice a year) because it takes a week for students to fully adjust and learning time is lost to kids feeling tired, hungry and generally confused.

Richard Mabry said...

Charise, I hadn't heard about ER visits associated with DST, but I certainly know that kids aren't the only ones feeling tired, hungry, and generally confused in the first week or so after it starts.
Thanks for your comment.

Ramona Richards said...

I'm with you. Hate it; its time has passed. Heard on the radio this morning that it's associated with increased car accidents, depression, and suicide. It takes the average person about three weeks to adjust. I know that the traffic here has been totally messed up for the last two days, with multiple car pile ups on the major highways.

Richard Mabry said...

Ramona, Thanks for chiming in. I haven't heard those statistics, but speaking for the Mabry household, DST is not a favorite of ours.