12 December, 2012
Is Daylight Savings time necessary?
Daylight Savings Time
Daylight savings time is widely adopted in the summer, giving people an extra hour of daylight. It is the time during which clocks are set one hour ahead of standard time. A question frequently asked to those who usually oppose this daylight savings time is: “Don't people find more hours of sunshine pleasant?” The way I see it, it’s all in the eye of the beholder. I mean, sure it's great to get home and still have sunlight. But at the same time, it's also great to wake up in the morning and see sunlight. Not to mention the hour of sleep being lost as well. John Lowe, the head of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, tells The Los Angeles Times. "I guess it depends on whether you are a morning person or an evening person." Being the evening person I am, I at least know that daylight savings time eventually leads to the fall back, when instead of having an extra hour of daylight, we set our clocks back an hour. When we get to this time of year, our bodies are enabled to gain an extra hour of sleep; it is what makes the dreadful cold weather worth it, and it gives us something to look forward to. So although I am opposed to the daylight savings time theory, at least one good thing comes out of it… the anticipation of regaining that hour we lost. But why should we have to regain it in the first place? I believe that at one point in time this introduction was a good thing, but I think the sole purpose of it has been lost. Daylight savings was first introduced by European countries during World War I, with much of the U.S. joining the party in 1918. The idea was that more hours of daylight would "conserve coal for the war effort”. Since then, energy conservation continues to be the central argument for keeping daylight savings time. When in reality, as far as saving energy goes, it's pretty much useless in this respect. While...