Editorial: Daylight Savings, Is It Really Worth It?

Matteo Faucheux, Staff Writer

   Once again, the daylight savings time switch occurred, this year on Sunday, March 13. People may have lost an hour of sleep, but more interesting is the confusion that comes with it. The practice of the Daylight Savings time change has opponents and supporters alike, yet it has no real place in our modern society.

   While it has roots dating back all the way to the Roman Empire, the modern daylight savings time system was first conceived by George Hudson in 1889, according to the time tracking website Time and Date. It was created for civilians to get more sunlight (hence work) in a day rather than wasting time sleeping while the sun was out. In short, it allows for a more productive day (timeanddate.com).

   Having never been changed or modified since its institution during World War 1, daylight savings currently hinders modern society. Due to the sudden shift of one hour’s time in one night, the practice can affect people’s sleep schedule. The next day, sometimes it is hard to adjust. Junior Scott Knight said, “I never want to wake up because my internal alarm clock tells me that I have one more hour” (nbcchicago.com).

   According to Spectrum News, Daylight Savings not only disturbs a person’s sleep schedule, it also has adverse health effects on a great part of the population. During the first week after the daylight savings change, there are more car accidents and individual productivity goes down. People’s struggle to fix their sleep can cause both themselves and their local communities great harm (spectrumlocalnews.com).

   According to the info website Quartz, a majority of the world does not employ Daylight Savings. They find it simpler for most people not to change their clocks. Though this time change may save some daylight (it is called Daylight Savings after all), it causes avoidable harm and creates unnecessary problems (qz.com).

   Above all, Daylight Savings has not actually affected the amount of power and electricity used by the US population by much (or at all), according to the news website Verify. Studies by the US Department of Energy have proved this. This was one of the main reasons it was implemented in the first place. Many people either turn on the AC, turn up the heater, or have the lights on longer during this period of change (verifythis.com).

   Daylight Savings time does not help the issue it was created to solve; instead, it messes up our schedules and mental states. There is no reason to keep a system that doesn’t work and actively harms the population.