Why Do We Have Daylight Saving Time?


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Olivia Kinney, Staff Writer/Editor

Today, almost half of the countries worldwide use daylight savings time to conserve energy and make better use of daylight. 

Daylight saving time is a seasonal shift in time where, for part of the year, clocks are set ahead of normal time by one hour. When it starts in the spring, our clocks are set forward by 1 hour, meaning one will lose an hour of sleep.

“With it being darker earlier it affects when I hang out with friends. I have to look outside to make sure it isn’t too dark out because I don’t really like driving at night especially when my friends live in the country and it’s scary driving on the back roads,” Junior Albiona Beka said.

Daylight Saving Time may be bad for one’s health due to the sudden change in their sleep schedule. 

“I hate Spring forward because I lose sleep. And I don’t think it is really needed. I just don’t see the point in changing the clocks and messing up our sleep for a little more daylight while we are awake. Most of us are used to working and driving at night anyways so I don’t think we really need the change,” Junior Lucas Chouinard said.

Although daylight savings time might be a pain to some, there are some benefits. The crime rate drops and the incidence of traffic accidents lowers during daylight saving time. 

“Yes, I do like daylight savings time. It is so nice to gain an extra hour of rest and feel a little more refreshed in the mornings!” senior Mackenzie Kruizinga said.

“I like [switching off] daylight savings time for the extra sleep but then it knocks me off schedule. I understand that it’s needed because of the sun cycles and the tilt of the earth so it’s lighter out for the time of day that people are actually awake. I don’t feel like I go to bed any earlier because it’s darker earlier. I do tend to wake up a bit earlier because the sunlight comes in my window but that may also be because the school schedule is finally clicking in .It affects my schedule a little. I start to feel like it’s too late when it’s only 6 or 7 just because it’s dark and it tricks my brain into thinking I’m tired and it’s too late for things,” Junior Amelia Kerschke said. 

“The idea of resetting clocks forward an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in his essay ‘An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light,’ which was published in the Journal de Paris in April 1784,” said in an article provided by Life’s Little Mysteries.

Franklin ‘s idea was largely ignored until the Englishman William Willett, who penned a pamphlet called “The Waste of Daylight,” brought it up again in 1907. While Willett ‘s plan to advance the clock an hour in the spring and back again in autumn 1908 was defeated by the British House of Commons, British Summer Time was adopted by Parliament in 1916.

“Overall my routine is more or less the same minus going outside as much at night,” Kerschke said.