Pro & Con: Is Daylight Saving a Waste of Time?

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Pro & Con: Is Daylight Saving a Waste of Time?

Sabrina Maxey and Austin Carlton

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Sunday marks the start of daylight saving time (DST),  when at 2 a.m. our clocks will “spring” forward an hour, a change lasting until Nov. 3. The necessity of this event is debated every year; many countries have stopped participating all together, including two states in the U.S. So what are the benefits of this seasonal time change?

 

Pro by Sabrina Maxey

The continued participation in DST has recently proved somewhat of a controversy, but the chagrin ultimately appears unnecessary. The first nationally implemented DST began over 100 years ago, so why has a biannual time change caused so much of a problem now?

Daylight saving time was initially created to make better use of sunlight seven months out of the year, a helpful change back when America was an agricultural society. Even though we have moved into the modern age, the time change continues to improve our quality of life.

The Florida economy relies heavily on the tourism industry, which profits from longer evenings and better lighting brought by DST. The extra light also contributes to improved road safety; pedestrian fatalities decrease by 13 percent during DST. Robberies have also gone down by 7 percent due to the extra hour of natural light in the spring and summer months.

The time change also promotes a healthier lifestyle; since the day seems to last longer, many people continue to be productive into the night. More people participate in outdoor activities rather than sitting inside and watching television. In addition, incidents of depression decrease by 11 percent when the time falls back in November, according to Psychology Today.

Although DST is only practiced in 70 percent of countries worldwide, everyone can benefit from the seasonal time change.

 

Con by Austin Carlton

“Springing” the clocks forward is dreaded by the vast majority of those who take part in DST The time changing has absolutely no effect, other than the fact that the sun is till up at 8 p.m.

Moving the clocks ahead an hour has negative effects on people of all ages. The sun being out longer has been shown to cause problems for children’s sleeping patterns, because they relate the sun being out with being awake. Longer days also impact adults and teens because they subconsciously feel like it’s earlier than it truly is, which disrupts their sleeping schedule as well. Research has also shown connection between daylight saving time and heart attack rates increasing, as well as car accidents. It seems as though the costs are outweighing the “benefits” of DST.

It can be difficult and simply annoying to adjust to clocks going forward. What difference does it make other than being an inconvenience? Time zones, for example, make sense because the sun is in different locations on the opposite side of the earth. Time changes within a country are unnecessary.

Remember to change your clocks forward March 10, so you can prevent daylight saving time from causing any more issues than it potentially does already.  

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