Admit It: You Don’t Know What Daylight Saving Time Is, Either

TIME explains Daylight Saving Time

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Daylight Saving Time is one of the universe’s great mysteries, like the afterlife, or who really killed JFK. It was one of the things you assumed you’d never understand. But it’s time for TIME to break down Daylight Saving Time.

First of all, it’s this weekend (Saturday night going into Sunday, to be exact). And since we spring forward and fall back, we’ll all be setting our clocks back Sunday fall morning to get an extra hour of sleep.

Daylight Saving Time dates back to the good ole’ days when we did everything based on when we had sunlight. It got more serious when Benjamin Franklin decided to be “that guy,” suggesting we all get up earlier to save money on candles. Thanks, Benji. It was a major blow to all the unhappy, unhealthy, and unwise people who love to snooze.

The practice wasn’t formally implemented until World War I, when countries at war started setting their clocks back to save on coal. Daylight Saving was repealed during peacetime, and then revived again during World War II. More than 70 countries currently practice Daylight Saving Time, because they think it saves money on electricity (in the U.S., Arizona and Hawaii have opted out).

But studies show that Daylight Saving Time actually results in a one percent overall increase in residential electricity. And that it messes with sleeping patterns. Oh, and also it may cause heart attacks, according to the American Journal of Cardiology. So it’s no surprise that more and more countries are reevaluating whether to hold on to this relic from the past.

But like all great mysteries, the answers only beget more questions: Does your iPhone automatically update for Daylight Saving Time?

Actually, yes, it does.

66 comments
tomy_thom
tomy_thom

I have to go to Youtube to understand this concept. But I don't think this thing has much significance. I believe we all can make changes to our lives individually to the benefit of the general public and to ourselves. A nice guide I found here: http://fwrd.pw/orgzd

cikyan2012
cikyan2012

Anyone who grew up on a farm knows what daylight savings time is for. Since most people are urban dwellers who give no thought to where their food comes from, why should they think about it?

http://cikyanzone.blogspot.com/

viva
viva

What amazes me more is that author believes that it is iPhone functionality to adjust for DST and not network.

This single statement brought down the authors credentials all the way down. 

Secondly, the adjustment of clock only helps customers who have automated home power management systems installed which automatically turn on or turn off lights and utilities at certain time. 

For people who do it themselves based on natural light outside window - does contribute much to power savings - infact in winters and in regions like WI, IL, MI etc - there is less daylight then usual.

BSF1
BSF1

I HATE IT! Why can't we just leave the clock alone? It takes me two weeks to finally adjust both times that we mess around. Stupid also....no saving of anything: just use more electricity for lights when it's dark. In areas where kids have to wait for the bus, it's dark when they go to sleep, and dark when they wake up, and in many areas it's dangerous for them, waiting in the dark.! In WW2 it was only for 2 months during the summer. Now it's more than 1/2 the year..what's the point??

Also, whether on a farm (horses, cows, chickens, etc) or in a home (dogs, cats, birds), animals don't tell time by the clock., They are screwed up for sure!!!

w.darby95
w.darby95

Anyone who grew up on a farm knows what daylight savings time is for. Since most people are urban dwellers who give no thought to where their food comes from, why should they think about it?  

lordofthefly
lordofthefly

I am much more invested in how to rid our society of DST than to discover who killed JFK."What Does It Matter?"

Seriously, we need to do away with DST. It's ruinous.

pmheart6
pmheart6

I wonder what the actual percentage of the population is 9-5, 8-5, 6-6 (with an afternoon siesta-- 6-2 without). Its the business world (financial) that sets the 9-5 day, and there are markets world wide with different start times. The west coast works to answer phones for the east coast after work. Just set a time, and let local people adjust there schedules as needed.


Either way we are a 24 hour world now, and I know many businesses that change there hours based on local needs. i.e. for snow, heat, nearby timezones, local traditions, crime, more light in the morning or evening, etc. 

 People take a job / shift that works for them or whatever they can get based on what's works for them. It doesn't affect the clock, and they don't adjust for the clock...... or we'd be going in at 8-4, 7-4, 5-5 (or 5-1 & 1-9) as soon as the clocks changed. The jobs that rely on in person banking will continue to follow there lead. The rest will do there own thing based on market needs and conditions.

AdamRussell
AdamRussell

We no longer save energy due to daylight savings.  Think about it.  Have you ever worked anywhere where they turn the lights off in the daytime?  No.  If there are people at work then the lights are on, regardless of day or night.

AudreyNickel
AudreyNickel

Er...Daylight Saving Time did NOT begin this weekend. This weekend we reverted to Standard Time.

ejohnchat
ejohnchat

I think that we should not only get rid of daylight savings time but also only use one time zone world wide.  Pilots use Zulu time and it reduces confusion.  This is especially important for businesses which span the globe and have conference calls between multiple time zones. Businesses, government offices and schools can adjust their start time as winter or summer approaches per their situation and according to what suits their needs.

edkacz1
edkacz1

How is DST a fading relic? It's actually increased by a lot over the last 20 years. In the US it used to begin the last weekend in April and continue to the last weekend of October. Now it starts in mid March and this year ended the first weekend in November.

The author got one thing right - she still doesn't understand it.

tianna
tianna

We're not starting Daylight Saving Time. It's ending. DST starts in March.

Chev
Chev

Sleep is good....

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

My preference would be more light in the afternoon/evening. However, if it's safer for school children to walk in the morning, that works for me.

AimeePeck
AimeePeck

Ha ha ha ha ....  have a beautiful day "INTERNET PEOPLE" look on the bright side now you all have an extra hour to express your beautiful thoughts......  :)

BeckyZelinski
BeckyZelinski

Nice article. Hate DST. Why can't we just leave the clock alone. I hate coming home in the dark at 5 and like it dark until I get up.

TimeSucks1
TimeSucks1

It's Daylight "Saving" Time, not Daylight "Savings" Time.  Saving is not plural as noted numerously in the article and headline.  Please hire a competent narrator...

deirnoel
deirnoel

I usually don't read comments because they're often so unnecessarily negative. When I read this article, I made a little bet with myself. I'll bet everyone is going to use the comments section to be rude, critical, snarky...and try to demonstrate that they know more than the author. Hey, I win. Internet people -- there is another way. You can say thanks for the cute article. It was funny and it made my day a little better. It did mine. Jeez, people of the internet, anonymity doesn't automatically have to turn you into jerks. Grow up.

DougCheriBledsoe
DougCheriBledsoe

Admit It: You Don’t Know What Daylight Saving Time Is, Either

This headline is aimed directly at the Government Educated Youth of this has been country. The Idiots

DougCheriBledsoe
DougCheriBledsoe

Daylight savings is antiquated and not needed. It disrupts peoples sleep cycles. Sleep is more important than we even have guessed. Please stop DST.

offrdmom
offrdmom

Didn't even do the research did ya...

George Vernon Hudson idea of daylight savings was the first but ironically the largest opponent to the idea... was the
kerosene, gas, and electric-light companies
George Vernon Hudson (1867-1946), a specialist in insect biology (entomology) who left England for New Zealand in 1881. In 1895, when he first presented the idea to the Royal Society of New Zealand, he was mocked. Other members of the society deemed the proposal confusing and unnecessary. But attitudes changed, and he lived to see his brainchild adopted by many nations -- including, in 1927, his own.

Here is the paper he wrote if you would like to read it
http://rsnz.natlib.govt.nz/volume/rsnz_31/rsnz_31_00_008570.html

ashyraine
ashyraine

AZ may have its faults, but at least  I never have to do the gain an hour lose an hour thing anymore!

JacobJones
JacobJones

OK, lol.. In 50 years, now, there hasn't been one single shred of evidence, a document, video, anything, that indicates anyone other than Lee Oswald murdered JFK.. Heck, Oswald shot a cop in broad daylight, 45 minutes later, in front of 4 witnesses, all of whom IDed Oswald as the shooter.. Not to mention, another 9 witnesses IDed him fleeing the scene with a gun, PLUS he tossed his jacket underneath a car 2 blocks away, and he was arrested with the pistol that was used to murder the cop..

But, you'll start your article with that nonsense, even though you probably have no clue about all the evidence stacked against Oswald.. Shakes my head..

RevaMadison
RevaMadison

I know what it is, I just dont know why?   The sun has its own cycle. Just live with it, and leave the clocks alone.  If someone want to get up early, go to bed late, or vice versa, so what?  If schools want to start later, or earlier, let them, and qauitscrewing with the clocks.  Roosters still crow, with their inbuilt knowledge of then the sun is coming up.   Humans turn on the light when it gets dark, no clock is necessary to tell us that. 

DonaldBates
DonaldBates

@edkacz1 It's a fading relic, because as explained, it was introduced as an energy cost savings during times of energy crisis. Since lighting only makes up 10%-12% of our energy usage and indoor lighting isn't directly correlated to outside lighting conditions (do they turn off the lights in your local store when it's sunny out?), the cost saving just aren't being realized. 

mem329
mem329

@tianna Thank you!  Time is starting to REALLY annoy me with their numerous idiotic mistakes - did NO ONE catch this?  Ridiculous!  What happened this past weekend is that we went back to Standard Time.  Although maybe the names should be switched, as Daylight Saving Time now last LONGER than "Standard" time.  None of that excuses Time's really dumb error, though.

AdamRussell
AdamRussell

@Bullsgt It would be more sensible to change school hours to an hour later start rather than changing the clock.

Bobbiejackie
Bobbiejackie

@BeckyZelinski My husband drives to work in the dark and he drives home in the dark.  I hate changing time, why don't we pick one and stick to it?   Have lived places where we didn't change time and it was great.

AaronMichaelScott
AaronMichaelScott

@BeckyZelinski

DST actually addresses that problem.  It shifts the daylight to the evening where most people prefer it (including you according to your comment).  But it only works in the summer (actually Mar. to Nov.) when there's an abundance of light to make it work.  In the winter, we go back to Standard Time.  This is when many people mistakenly perceive DST to be a hindrance.

jyohh
jyohh

@TimeSucks1 It's a shame- video content is probably accurate but hearing the narrator say it wrong invalidates it for me.

khaskins52
khaskins52

@TimeSucks1 THANK YOU!! That )"savingS") has driven me CRAZY from the very first time that I heard it!!! NOBODY says it right; except for you & me, seemingly! ;-)

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

@deirnoel Agreed.

I enjoy reading the opinions of others on these articles. They provide differing viewpoints and insights I wouldn’t have thought of myself. Even if they use the wrong grammar or misspell. However the comments usually devolve once they become personal. Amusing but rude.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@deirnoelHaving been one of those "rude, critical, snarky..." people, and still retaining the capacity to be so, it does take an act of will to refrain.  But it isn't EVERYONE who does it.  Just a select few.  And you reduced yourself to name-calling as well which placed you in the same "rude, critical, snarky..."  category as you placed them.

Generalizations are bad for ya.  For shame...

JonathanJB
JonathanJB

@offrdmom Um, Benjamin Franklin, who FIRST made the suggestion, DIED before your boy George Vernon Hudson was even born.

goblue562
goblue562

@offrdmom  Your research reeks.   Hudson was first in MODERN times.. Franklin suggested it, but it apparently was tongue in cheek.  

Ancient civilizations adjusted schedules around available daylight, so in actuality, they were the first. 

AudreyNickel
AudreyNickel

@goblue562 @AudreyNickel  I did read it...in fact, I've just re-read it...and as far as I can see, they DO NOT address it. The first paragraph implies that Daylight Saving Time "happens" this weekend. What are you seeing that suggests differently?


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