Daylight Saving Time: Friend or Foe?

Congratulations, Mom!  You’ve made it through the first five days of daylight saving time!  You deserve to kick up your feet and eat a candy bar with out having to share.

Daylight Saving Time

Who else opened up their social media this week only to find that every mom in the world had posted a gripe about daylight saving time?

Well listen, I dislike DST as much as the next mom but this year, instead of complaining, I thought I would do a little research on its origins.  Where did it come from and why oh why does it still exist today?

Here is what I found:

  • A man by the name of William Willlet proposed the idea of Daylight Saving Time.

  • Several countries adopted the practice during World War I and World War II in order to conserve energy and support the war effort.

  • Grammatically speaking it’s actually Daylight Saving Time-not Daylight Savings Time.

  • It has nothing to do with farming and agriculture (I always thought it did!)  Farmers rise and rest with the sun not the clock.

  • DST caused a lot of confusion over the years which resulted in the Uniform Time act of 1966 

  • Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states that do not observe DST.

  • DST today is said to conserve energy as well as provide safer commutes for those traveling to and from work.

These are not exactly earth shattering facts, I know, but now that we have some insight into where it came from; what do you think?  DST: Friend or foe?

I hate to say it but for me the answer is foe.  Sorry, DST!  I really wanted to like you but I see no reason for you to keep hanging around.

Daylight Saving Time has an interesting history but I think maybe we should leave it there-in the past and join California.

 

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