Opinion: We Should Keep Daylight Savings Time

Opinion: We Should Keep Daylight Savings Time

Zoie Baker, Student Reporter

Daylight Savings Time is when the clocks set one hour ahead of Standard Time to make use of more sunlight in the spring, summer, and fall evenings. Daylight Savings Time (DST) is used in over seventy countries worldwide and affects over one billion people every year. The beginning and end dates of DST vary from one country to another.

There are plenty of myths and facts about DST. For instance, one myth that is widely known and believed is that daylight savings was created for farmers which in fact is wrong because it was implementation in Germany in 1916 to conserve coal usage during World War I. The US just adopted it and turned it into what it is now.

Hawaii and Arizona are the only two states that do not observe DST. They opted out when the law put in place, as it simply did not make sense to them.

Popular opinions on DST are supportive of getting rid of Daylight Savings Time. However, there are others out there who do not support eliminating DST

There are several pros and cons to Daylight Savings Time. One of the cons of DST is it can make people sick. Experts say that changing the time, even if it is only by one hour, disrupts our body clocks, and for most people, they become more tired, which forces them to become more irritable. Conversely, a pro of DST is it can save energy because it lessens the artificial light being used.

Daylight savings itself is an opinion. Whether we like waking up earlier and having longer days or not is completely our own opinion. However, everyone’s opinion is valued, and that is why it is still up for discussion amongst the government and states today. I for one believe that we should continue Daylight Savings Time because it gives the people the ability to have longer hours in the day and can renew people’s spirits about spring coming early. But, that’s just my two cents.