Springing Forward to Daylight Saving

By Aiza Shaikh

March 10, 2019. The day we set our clocks forward an hour. For some, this day is one to look forward to. For others, it is one to dread. So, is Daylight Saving Time (DST) something that should still go on, or is it just a waste of time?

First, let’s go back to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time was invented by the Germans in 1916 during World War I to save energy and conserve fuel. Then, in 1942, multiple cities in the United States started observing DST, while their surrounding rural areas stayed with Standard Time.

Today, almost all of the United States uses Daylight Saving Time. Arizona and Hawaii are among the few states that observe Standard Time throughout the whole year. Why do some states not follow DST? Well, part of the reason is due to the fact that it is always sunny in those areas, meaning the use of DST would not be in any way beneficial to them.

While many states are considering getting rid of Daylight Saving Time, there are many people who will tell you that DST should still be used. For example, golf players and barbecuers constantly rely on sunshine. Golf and barbecue industries have realized that for this reason, profits increase during Daylight Saving Time. Therefore, they have begun advocating against the use of Standard Time.

So, is Daylight Saving Time too much of a hindrance to keep using? Or does it have enough benefits to keep being used for 8 months of the year? While DST can be useful for people who like to spend most of their time outside in the sun, it can be dreadful for people who don’t like too much heat or sunlight. The answer depends on who you are, and what your feelings about daylight are.

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