Wednesday, November 7, 2007

#5 - Daylight Savings TIme


Title: I Hate Daylight Savings Time
Subject: Daylight Savings Time
Author: Mel Kaye
Location: USA, CA, Thousand Oaks
Level of Annoyance (1-10): 5
Complaint Details: Daylight Savings Time is just stupid. All it does it mess up everyone’s schedule and sleeping habits. My dogs usually get up at 7:00 AM to go out. However, they do not know how to read a clock so now they are getting up at 6:00 AM. The whole process is a huge pain in the rear.

There are a number of supposed reasons to have Daylight Savings Time. Here are a few of the common ones:

  1. Supposedly the main purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.
  2. The common understanding as to why we do this is for the farmers; giving them more time to harvest their crops.
  3. In doing a little research I discovered that Daylight Savings is not about farmers but was developed during WW1 to save energy. The system seems counter logical though removing evening daylight during the winter when utility costs are higher and you have shorter days anyways.
You know what they say, “Don’t mess with mother nature.” This whole process is so artificial.

For some people with sleep disorders this transition can be very difficult. There is evidence that the severity of auto accidents increases and work productivity decreases as people adjust to the time change.

Some argue that the energy savings is offset by the energy used by those living in warm climates to cool their homes during summer afternoons and evenings. Similarly, the argument can be made that more evening hours of light encourage people to run errands and visit friends, thus consuming more gasoline.

I have yet to hear one good argument to keep it.

Possible Solution:
I say dump it!



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6 comments:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I for dumping it. It really throws me off my schedule. Will anyone listen though? Have a great day. :)

Monday Morning Power said...

Can we actually effect change? That would be nice, however, sometimes it just feels good to state your position in no uncertain terms.

Mighty Morgan said...

It makes no sense to me that somehow we have agreed to screw with time for no valid reason...my head can;t wrap around the ideas that in someway I have "lost" a hour...where did it go?????? found this site through speedy...love it!

Monday Morning Power said...

Hi Mighty,
Where does it go? I want it back, NOW!!

Anonymous said...

I think they keep daylight savings time just to keep us on our collective toes - they want to make sure you're paying attention all the time, otherwise you might miss an important anouncement by The Government.

Monday Morning Power said...

Anonymous,
Interesting theory....I'm just not sure the government cares. It's been in existence for a long time; I'm not sure if anyone wants to tackle it. It's just not that important in the scheme of things. I still hate it, though.

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