Even though we’re on the upslope of daylight, even though we are gaining precious minutes each week, even though I have so far survived this….I still feel the need to rail against Standard Time and mourn the loss of Daylight Savings Time. Because I need to save all the daylight I can, have it touch me all that I can. I don’t know the full story of the creating of daylight savings time and standard time. But it’s time for it to stop. Let’s do Daylight Savings and keep it there, year round.
The world has changed considerably since Summer Time, as Daylight Savings Time was first known, was introduced. Things have even changed since we codified it in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. At one point it made sense based on how we lived and the condition of the developed world. Technology and society have moved on and the reasons for supporting the constant switching of time are no longer so valid. We now have a 24-7 existence where people do everything from telework (thanks to the web) to shop and even go to the gym at all hours. I’ve seen the Washington Beltway as busy at 11 pm and 1 am as it is at 11 am and 1 pm. We have designed energy-efficient facilities, use LED lights, and drive higher efficiency vehicles. The idea of saving energy….has evaporated like frost in the sunlight. A working world that was ruled by 9-5 schedules is different from what we have now. Now it’s ruled by 24-7, and people do everything at all hours.
The time difference doesn’t help with farming and crops. We have lost the society where there were large number of people on the land, and farming was a manual chore. Now we don’t have large portions of the population living on farms and rising up early to milk cows and till the earth anymore. Farms are still important, they just are just significantly more automated and mechanized, and less impacted by the clock.
The time switching doesn’t help protect kids going to school. The most dangerous time for pedestrians and for accidents is when the clock changes and we have a sudden shift in light and dark and twilight. And now, because of football, band, aftercare and numerous other activities, they tend to go home in the dark instead of leave from home in the morning in the dark.
Finally…..it screws with my SAD and ruins months of the year for me (what?….why yes, yes, it IS all about me!). Seasonal Affective Disorder is more widely recognized and understood, more widely diagnosed than ever before. It is the depression that comes from lack of light and disruption of rhythms, and the shift of the day only brings the dark of night upon us faster and faster.
Yes I’m grateful for the extra minutes I’ve been gaining these past couple of weeks. Yes, it helps with my mood and my exercise; with my energy and productivity. So I say “Down with Falling Back!” Change the rules. Have Congress do something useful AND unify the country (since there are a couple of states that don’t participate in this Ponzi scheme of the clock. Stay with Spring Forward….do it in the spring and keep it there!