Change Your Clocks this Weekend!

November 2, 2007

For some of us, this will be the first weekend in months that our automobile clocks will finally be correct! Why do they make those damn things so hard to reset anyways?

Here’s a test, do we gain or lose an hour this weekend?

Not sure? Here’s a simple phrase to help you remember,”You Fall back, then Spring forward.” That means that during the Fall, you get to redo 12:00a - 12:59a. That’s extra sleep … yeah!

So where did Daylight Savings Time come from, and why do we do it? Well, the idea is that by having more afternoon daylight people would use less energy. But studies show this is not the case.

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“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, while an envoy to France, satirically noted that the Parisians could save candles by waking earlier in the day to take advantage of the natural sunlight. He even joked that shutters should be taxed, cannons fired, and church bells rung to help cajole the Parisian out of bed. After all, it was Franklin who said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

Interestingly many countries, and even some states within the United States, have either abandoned the practice or never adopted it in the first place. Check out the map bellow. All of the areas marked in blue currently use DST, whereas the areas marked in red never have. The areas marked in orange no longer use DST.

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I personally don’t think Daylight Savings Time is necessary, but I’m curious what the rest of you think? If you have an opinion on Daylight Savings Time, share it in the comments section bellow .

To read more on Daylight Savings Time click here.

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4 Responses to “Change Your Clocks this Weekend!”

  1. Isaac on November 2nd, 2007 1:51 pm

    DST is stupid…It doesn’t save any daylight…The amount of daylight is the same no matter what time we say it is…It just helped move agrarian culture over to clock-time, increasing the amount we live by the clock instead of by natural cycles, like the sun rising and setting. If anyone can provide a convincing, objective argument for the use of DST, I would love to hear it.

  2. natejust on November 2nd, 2007 4:28 pm

    I totally agree Isaac, on balance I think the pros cancel out the cons, and there is no compelling reason to mess with the time.

  3. New Time Zone Map! : Nate’s Productivity Tips on November 30th, 2007 9:57 am

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  4. James on January 8th, 2009 3:44 am

    Consider where you live in the world.
    Daylight can be limited, if you have any understanding of the earth’s orbit around the sun and what it means to be in dark when you arrive at work and then to find it is dark the moment you leave from work (working an 8 hour day) then any method to give you one hour of extra daylight to enjoy at home is good by me.
    Think about it - do a bit of research, and you will see it makes sense for some parts of the world - more distant from the equator.

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