What good is daylight savings time?

by shelbyvision on November 2, 2008

Hello everyone,

I’m in the middle of several metalsmithing projects right now and way behind on everything, but I promised myself I would post something on my blog at least once a week, so I’m going to bring up the timely subject of daylight savings time. What good is it? I have heard many explanations of why it exists, and none of them make any sense to me. Do people really think they are getting an extra hour? How about actually making it a 25 hour day, so there actually is an extra hour, or while you’re at it why not 26 … or 30? As far behind as I am, I could use the extra time. Trouble is, I have a feeling the time would go by faster ;). I’d be really interested in hearing an explanation of why daylight savings time makes sense. Myself, If it were up to me, I would abolish it worldwide. And as long as I’m tinkering with the time, I think I’d like to have the entire world in one time zone. As long as were in a global economy, and have global instant communication, it no longer makes sense to have time zones. We have GMT, let’s use it. Sure, it would take some time to get used to, but after a few weeks, everyone would be adjusted to it, and no longer would it be necessary to ask “what time is it there?”.

Steve Shelby

It’s 7:35 AM here


Pessimists, seldom
disappointed, but sometimes
pleasantly surprised.

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Sheila November 4, 2008 at 9:30 am

I live in Canada and I agree that the time change is silly. We have one province…..Saskatchewan……that does not change and I expect that it’s because it is right in the middle. “They” used to tell us that the change was to save electricity but now that a lot of businesses are open 24/7 I do not see the necessity for changeing the time. I would be more than happy to pick a time and leave it there.

shelbyvision November 3, 2008 at 9:40 pm

I live in Indiana too, and I liked it when I could say “we’re the only ones that make sense; the rest of the country is crazy”. Now, unfortunately, we’re as crazy as everyone else.

jmwjewelry November 3, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Most of Indiana didn’t used to be on daylight savings time. Then a couple of years ago the stupid politicians decided we needed it, blah… Apparently it was messing with commerce or some such nonsense as that. I’m with you on getting rid of it!!

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