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Should we still have Daylight Saving Time?

Is it a blessing or a curse?

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Should we still have Daylight Saving Time?

On a dark night in March, an unforeseen event approaches. Some may remember that this burdensome affair is coming, while others take on the night as any other, naive to the event that will snatch away an hour from their life. The monster that people tend to forget about until it finally sneaks up on you is known by many as Daylight Saving Time.

The elongation of daytime that corresponds with darker mornings seems like a nice idea at surface level, but do ordinary people truly relish this slight change in our schedules? As students in high school, it definitely seems obscene to cut out a precious hour of sleep.

Do you think we should still have Daylight Saving Time?

“No it’s obsolete. We’re not farmers. We as a society should not be slaves to the glowing hate orb.” Aly Nida

“No because it’s stupid. Let’s just fight the sun” Victoria Waterfield

“It’s psychotic. It’s made up by humans to make people more productive but it doesn’t.” Anthony Joyce

I’m already terminally exhausted but it’s the principle of [DST] that makes me tired”

— Aly Nida

How has DST affected you so far?

“Tired.” Victoria Waterfield

“I’m already terminally exhausted but it’s the principle of [DST] that makes me tired.” Aly Nida

Aly then shared her plan to stop DST without being prompted to.

“First things first you’re gonna need a velociraptor. It’s so crucial that I forgot the rest of the plan.” Aly then walked away.

 

These fun facts about Daylight Saving Time will hopefully shed more light on the controversial subject.

  • Africa is the only continent not currently using DST
  • Martinique, Madagascar, and Bangladesh only used DST for one year before stopping
  • Germany was the first country to use DST during World War I to conserve energy
  • DST first started in the US to help the train transportation system in the ‘60s
  • Hawaii and parts of Arizona are the only US States that do not observe DST. The Navajo tribe in Arizona uses DST, but another tribe, the Hopi, does not use DST. If you were to drive straight through certain parts of Arizona, you could change your clock up to 7 times.
  • There is an increase in car accidents and health problems such as heart attacks the day after DST. A disturbance in sleep patterns has the potential to cause heart problems and it could cause more drowsy drivers on the road
  • DST was not created for farmers. Farmers often oppose DST because they rely more on when the sun is out than what’s on the clock, so a lot of farm helpers or hired workers have to leave earlier although the sun is still out.
  • The increase in sunshine also reduces crime. Theft is less likely to occur in broad daylight
  • DST does not actually save energy, but it does not increase it either. More than anything, it just shifts when energy is used throughout the day.
  • The extra hours of daylight can be good for some businesses, especially ones that deal with outdoor activities such as golf courses. DST actually tends to help businesses and companies more than farmers.
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