Friday, November 4, 2011

Harold Lloyd dangles over a busy city street hanging onto the hands of a large clock Every year, spring and fall, we like to write a blog and say, “Reset your clocks this Sunday.” But with the current technology, setting your clock for Daylight Savings Time observation has nearly become a thing of the past and the whole practice of DST has come to debate.

Many digital timepieces are connected to the internet – computers, cell/smart phones, PDA, tablets – all have clock functions and even the frill-free ones come standard with Daylight Savings Time settings. This has also led to another phenomenon – the decline in sales of watches. I rarely wear a watch and even have an “atomic clock” that sets itself through radio waves.

So why do we have Daylight Savings Time? Why do we continue to observe it? These questions are in debate. This practice was first proposed in 1895, but it took a while to spread. The US adopted DST in March 1918. Thoughts then and now about what Daylight Savings Time does for us include the thought that it gives more sun after work – depending on where you live that may or may not be an advantage. DST may or may not save electricity. But no matter the benefits, DST causes problems by making inconsistent times not only in USA, but across the globe. This video does a great job explaining Daylight Savings Time and problems associated with it.

But for now, just set your clocks back to Standard Time on Sunday, that is if they haven't all done that on their own. You'll get an extra hour of sleep and not have to worry about a loss of sleep until fall when we make another post about Daylight Savings Time.
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