BY LILLY SHROCK
For 100 years, the U.S has had a constant schedule in the spring and fall. On the first Sunday of November, an hour is repeated. On November 4th, clocks were set back.
At 2:00 A.M in the U.S, technological devices, such as phones and computers, are automatically pushed back in time. People make sure to set their clocks manually before the next day. Sunlight during the day lasts long, while nights are shorter. A similar pattern occurs in March. Time springs forward and days are shorter than nights for eight months.
Many question the value of this oddly constructed schedule. Is it truly necessary to keep this around? What are the deep reasons and explanations for Daylight Savings?
The general idea of Daylight Savings is to save energy. During World War 1, the U.S was introduced to this, conserving energy for the war. It was continued to be used ever since then. Daylight time reduces the need for lighting in homes, yet cooling and heating are needed, depending on the season.
It isn’t like this event causes more sunlight in the summer and less in the winter. People are simply changing a number on a clock in a certain way, sending us into a different mind-set for both times.
The statement that the concept helps farmers is said to be an urban legend. Changing the time could interrupt their schedules on the farm. Many of the activities these groups of people have require a schedule, but looking at the time could affect them.
There is no way to prove that Daylight Savings increases safety, yet it’s listed as a reason for the purpose of this. Some people believe that when the days are longer in the fall, traffic accidents are less likely. However, after the time is set back or sprung ahead, rates in death from car accidents rises.
Then again, people are so used to the time changes in the spring and fall, that erasing them could send them out of balance. There aren’t many reasons for Daylight Savings Time that are backed up scientifically, but the schedule is placed strictly. Hope you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep.