I think it is safe to say that we all know what Daylight Savings Time is. A time where the days feel shorter, and then finally, as soon as you start to get used to it, it changes back to regular, creating a never-ending cycle of misery and suffering wherever it goes… okay, maybe I’m getting just a little bit overdramatic. But really, should people get rid of Daylight Savings? Let’s find out!
Daylight Savings Time, or DST for short, has been around for about 100+ years. During this time, people have gotten so used to it that it is just a part of everyday life. Like with anything, there are both pros and cons to support and deny this case. In my not-so-humble opinion, we should keep it, but I should at least acknowledge the bad before I can sprinkle in the good. First of all, Modern Society has led to neglect one of the key reasons that Daylight Savings was introduced, that being the saving of energy. Back when it was introduced, DST made a large impact due to less artificial light, seeing as that took off most of the electricity in homes. But now, Computers, Phones, TVs, and more all make the difference from artificial lighting barely noticeable. Another detriment to this cause is the fact that due to having to shift so suddenly, people are often tired at the beginning of Daylight Savings. This often leads to an increase in car crashes, injuries, and even suicides. And though maybe it’s purely theoretical, the earlier, darker evenings have been linked to higher amounts of depression. Just asking, do you like money? Well, then you’ll like the sponsor of this article, Hone- wait, we aren’t doing that? I know I’m just a 7th Grader, but… fine. Well, DST can lower productivity in many economic areas, as well as cause certain unnecessary expenses. One example is the New York City Dusk and Darkness Safety Campaign. Another expense paid is the extensions of automatically changing electronic devices that increase or decrease an hour.
But now, for the Pros. If you’re reading this article, chances are that you know what Daylight Savings Time is. If not, I probably should have put this near the beginning of the article. We change our clocks during two different parts of the year, the first in mid-March and the second in early-November. During the March change, the clocks go ahead an hour, losing daylight.
On the contrary, the November shift gives us an hour, sending the clock backward. When we gain an hour, we have more time for a productive activity like sports, and… running, and… sports? Okay, maybe not the strongest word choices, but I digress. And going back to my first argument against, the slight decrease in energy from less artificial lighting, while small, is still a difference, and everything you can get, you should take. If there’s anything spending my meaningless 10-year-old life watching superhero movies, especially Batman, has taught me, it’s that crime happens practically exclusively during the night. Which is weird, since the Bat-Signal wouldn’t work on a bright and sunny day. But this is a Daylight Savings Article, not a rant about all of the continuity errors in superhero media, although that is a good idea now that I think about it. I can see it now: Superman: Does wearing Underpants on the Outside Reduce Drag when Flying? But I’m getting too sidetracked. Back to the initial point, delaying the time when it gets dark has proved to increase road safety by 13%, as well as robbery proficiency by 7%.
Overall, while my opinion may be that we should keep Daylight Savings, different opinions form from different reasonings, and that can’t be changed. But hey, that’s just a Theory. A GA- wait, that doesn’t apply here, um… okay. I’m just going to start over. *Ahem* But that’s just a Theory. A MEANINGLESS ARTICLE ABOUT SOMETHING THAT PROBABLY 3% OF PEOPLE ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT WITH A BRIEF SUPERHERO RANT INBETWEEN THEORY!!! Thanks for Reading! #NotSponsored