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Daylight Savings Time...


Daylight saving time (DST), also referred to as daylight savings time or simply daylight time (United States, Canada, and Australia), and summer time (United Kingdom, European Union, and others), is the practice of advancing clocks (typically by one hour) during warmer months so that darkness falls at a later clock time. The typical implementation of DST is to set clocks forward by one hour in the spring ("spring forward"), and to set clocks back by one hour in the fall ("fall back") to return to standard time. As a result, there is one 23-hour day in early spring and one 25-hour day in the middle of autumn.


Beside making the world seem like a darker place, one annual effect of this event is a huge proliferation of articles proclaiming that DST is a garbage idea that needs to end. It doesn’t really help anyone, they say, but it does throw off sleep schedules around the country.


What these articles and arguments tend to ignore is that DST is a bizarre idea in the best way possible: It is a human attempt to force our lives to fit the natural world in a more sensible way, to #lifehack ourselves into a pattern of living that benefits our minds and bodies. DST is both a rebellion against the clock and an acceptance that we are all slaves to the clock.

It is amazing that anything this wacky, this totally loopy, ever actually took hold, and its even more amazing that it’s not just accepted, but the norm. And the reason it became the norm is because, though it certainly isn’t perfect, it is extremely hard to argue that DST on the whole does more harm than good.

The fundamental misunderstanding of DST is a result of us Americans (humans, really) being impatient and all too willing to miscalculate the harm of short-term problems over subtle long-term benefits. Remember! DST is not the two days per year (“fall back” and “spring forward”) when we move our clocks around. DST is eight months long; those two days are the beginning and the end of DST. To focus on just those two days is ridiculous, says David Prerau, the author of Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time and one of the worlds leading authorities on DST.


I'm really not sure why I posted this thread, maybe because I travel a lot and have to deal with time zones and DST. It can be frustrating with communications at times , especially if you are at different sides of the world. Wonder what Martian time is like....lol?

Cheers, and have a great day!



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