Why Daylight Savings is Pointless

(Just a note- I wrote this on Daylight Savings, but I couldn't post it, so that is why it is written from the perspective of that day.)

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Today is Daylight Saving Time. And so I groan and resist the urge to beat my head against a wall.
Daylight Saving Time was first practiced in 1916 Germany in order to coal by making summer evenings seem longer in comparison to human activity. If people have more natural light, they will use less coal, and then more coal can sent to the front to be used in the failure that was WWI.
But with the modernization of technology, this original usage has gone to the way side and instead left us with far too many logistical problems to justify it at all.
First off, DST doesn't save energy, or, at least, not very much. With the increase of use of more energy efficient light bulbs and technology, the actual energy that can be saved goes down every year. This isn't counting the summertime paradise comprised of air conditioners, computers, and other sources of electronic entertainment that Americans are so accustomed to that actually INCREASES energy use. So the estimated difference per year is either 1% more or less than what it would be otherwise. An average WHOOPING $4 per year.
There is, of course, the loss of sleep. It seems every week that there is a new study, proclaiming how of not getting enough of it will lead to the destruction of us all. The unnecessary loss of an hour really doesn't help. The week after DST, people tend to be much less productive, leading to huge company losses. Along with this comes an increase in extreme effects of sleep deprivation; both heart attacks and suicides rates increase in the weeks after. And as any student or worker can affirm, it’s just so much more fun when it’s on a Monday.
Above all, it is just too complicated to bother with in our increasingly more interconnected world. There is no standard day for the switch, making scheduling for international business far more complicated than just accounting for time zones. Not all countries do it, and even within some countries like Brazil, Canada, Australia, or the US, only part of the country takes part in something that, if it really could be justified, should be standard at least on a national level. Even in one of the two states that doesn't do DST, Arizona (the other being Hawaii), there is the Navajo nation that does follow DST, and in that Navajo nation, there is a Hopi reservation that does not follow DST, and in that Hopi reservation, there is another part of the Navajo nation that does follow DST. Why? There can be no logical reason for this, can there?


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Depending on who you talk to, it has some benefits to society, namely to farmers and the economy because it somehow encourages people to spend more in the evening, and I suppose that if enough of the population consists of the small farming populace and the people that a) still go outside, b) feel somehow prevented from doing so when it’s dark outside, and c) live North enough for it to have any real effect, and it can be proved to actually be useful, then, for God’s sake, standardize it. Is it really too hard to at least attempt to have one day that most countries have DST on? Without it, you get crazy things like this (remember that Australia, being in the Southern Hemisphere is going into winter and an hour back).
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Have fun scheduling around this!


Or maybe I'm just bitter about loosing an hour of sleep.