Overheard Debates: Should we follow Daylight Savings Time?

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 5:19 PM

Daylight savings time was first formally introduced in the U.S. in 1918, though it had been in use before that. It was introduced in the Standard Time Act and was intended to save electricity during World War I. The act was repealed a year later, but standard time stuck in some places. Some places followed daylight savings and some did not until the uniform Act of 1966 mandated it nationwide. The time was later adjusted in March 2005. 

Do you like daylight savings? Why or why not? 

Jamie Heinrich: I hate daylight savings; it is such a nuisance. I find the whole process to be pointless in our modern society. Myself, along with many of my friends and family, often forget about daylight savings the first few days and are late to important things. I also do not like that because of daylight savings my already iffy sleep schedule is changed. I go from waking up to a beautiful sunrise on Saturday, to waking up at the same time Sunday and waiting an hour for sunrise.

Shayma Musa: I actually really enjoy daylight savings, because I feel it’s a signal that the days are getting longer. My position is more that it’s a sign of warm weather, and that the sun will be in the sky longer, allowing my to enjoy the outdoors for more hours of the day.  

Does the fact that daylight savings started over 100 years ago affect your opinion?

JH: Many things that we have had as policy in the U.S. 100 years ago are irrelevant now and have been repealed. If daylight savings was repealed as well, I wouldn’t be mad about it.

SM: I don’t know. Maybe I’ve been indoctrinated by the American education system to believe that this is good for me? Joking aside though, I don’t really think about the origins of the holiday as impacting my delight at following the tradition. 

The days we change the clocks can confuse people, is it worth it?

JH: No! It’s not worth it. Being late to work because you forgot to change your clock is super annoying. 

SM: This is my grey area on this issue. I think that it will start to be less of a problem as people start to switch to digital clocks that reset automatically. 

Most of the U.S. follows daylight savings, but Arizona (not including the Navajo) and Hawaii do not, along with most of Africa and Asia and many countries along the equator. Is daylight savings worth it with parts of the U.S. and a decent part of the rest of the world not following it?

JH: I am all for not observing daylight savings. The fact that other states and many other countries do not observe daylight savings furthers my hatred for it. 

SM: I don’t think that an hour is going to impact anyone very much. I enjoy daylight savings because we actually see a difference in the number of “daylight” hours in a day, however, countries near the equator don’t see as drastic a change as we do, so they don’t really need daylight savings. 

Even now, some states are trying to change how they observe daylight savings with Washington passing a bill through the Washington house, and according to the Associated Press, more than two dozen other states are considering it. How do you feel about this? 

J: Change it! I would love it if we changed how we observe daylight savings — if we could stick with one time zone all year, that would be awesome. 

S: I’m not going to protest it if it happens, but I think that I would miss following the tradition.

Jamie Heinrich | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

Shayma Musa | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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