Should We Stop Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight saving has many positive and negative effects. Should we still continue this old “tradition”?


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For Daylight Saving, we fall back and spring forward. Photo Courtesy of iStock

Megan Jun, Staff Writer

Every year on the first Sunday of November at exactly 2 am, clocks throughout America are turned back one hour. It’s the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST). During DST, the days are longer than the nights. It was created by New Zealand scientist, George Vernon Hudson, and British builder, William Willett. In 1895, Hudson went to the Wellington Philosophical Society to present a paper. The paper proposed a 2-hour shift in October and a two-hour shift back in March. Although the idea was pondered on, it was never passed. Later on in 1905, Willett (independently from Hudson) proposed an idea of his own. He suggested setting clocks twenty minutes ahead during each Sunday in April and setting the clocks back twenty minutes during each Sunday in September. In 1908, residents of today’s Thunder Bay, Ontario in Canada were the firsts to use DST. Germany and Austria followed and, soon after, the United Kingdom until over 70 countries were beginning to use it.

DST is used to make use of sunlight and conserve energy. As we use DST every year, people begin to wonder, do we really need DST? It creates longer evenings to have “extra daylight”. It also creates the usage of less artificial light. Finally, lighter days mean safer communities. Studies have shown that DST reduced pedestrian fatalities by 13% as well as a 7% decrease in robberies. As well as many positive effects, there are negative effects as well. DST doesn’t truly save energy. A century ago, it helped save energy by less usage of artificial light. Nowadays no matter the time of day, energy is always used. DST can also make people sick. Changing the time even by an hour disrupts our “body clocks”. Usually, most people experience tiredness, but some people could experience worse symptoms than that. According to, “Studies link the lack of sleep at the start of DST to car accidents, workplace injuries, suicide, and miscarriages. The early evening darkness after the end of the DST period is linked to depression. The risk of suffering a heart attack is also increased when DST begins. However, the extra hour of sleep we get at the end of DST has in turn been linked to fewer heart attacks.” Finally, DST costs money. In 2016, New York City had invested in a dusk and darkness campaign for DST cost 1.5 million dollars. There is also an additional cost to build DST support into computers. Productivity decreases overall as well.

Most countries are not using DST or currently trying to abolish it. The European Union is attempting abolishing DST in its countries. So what do you think? Do you agree with the majority of countries? Or do you prefer still using DST?