Daylight Saving Time Haters


Daylight saving time is this weekend, which means you can look forward to a little more sunshine in the weeks to come. Despite this, the event seems to get a lot of hate (more than with the fall variety) largely because we end up losing an hour of sleep initially rather than gaining an hour.

In the past, there have actually been time change riots from college students and bar patrons angry that they were losing an extra hour of drinking time. Some studies have found that daylight saving time may actually cause more traffic accidents in the following week because commuters haven’t slept as well. And these are some of the more rational complaints.

Some have complained that daylight saving time permanently unhinges the natural flow of time and throws them into some odd, incredibly aggravating timeless vortex. “I hate the time change. It makes me feel awful for weeks. I actually never do really get used to it, and then we have to adjust to it again in the fall,” R. Wilson, from Florida wrote on a U.S. News and World Report forum. And if that’s not bad enough, Wilson begrudges the fact that daylight saving time robs him of something beautiful. “I am very angry over the loss of early light in the spring. I used to love this time of year when the morning light came early. Now that has been taken away.”

Last year, one blog argued that the average worker loses 16 minutes of work time on the Monday following daylight saving time weekend, either because of sleeplessness or simply forgetting to reset their clocks and oversleeping. We’re not exactly sure how they came up with this precise number, but they then multiplied it out for all the workers in the U.S. and somehow calculated that nearly $500 million worth of time is wasted nationwide…

And that doesn’t even take into account the amount of time we all lose at home changing the clocks. The Baltimore Sun once compared the “Daylight Saving Devil” to the chaos of Y2K, arguing that much of our technology still fails to auto-correct for the time change, which can wreak havoc on our society. “Payroll applications that rely on an accurate clock for overtime or hourly pay could be thrown off. The same goes for lawyers and others who rely on accurate time stamps for billing, or for meeting deadlines on documents they file electronically.”

This event needs some better PR.

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