Daylight Savings was a way in the past for farmers to get more daylight and time to work during the harvest seasons. This practice started with Benjamin Franklin in an essay of his, which was written in April 1784. Its purpose was saving an hour’s worth of oil and gas during wartime when resources were scarce. Now, we are no longer in a wartime where we need to conserve resources, so we should have no more use for this practice!
So many people in Canada, a whole province, Saskatchewan, is not involved in the process of daylight savings. This is pretty ironic since their province’s main industry is agriculture and farming. If the main farming province doesn’t use this way of time, then why do we even have it? California and Saskatchewan are who this practice is meant for, and they don’t even use it.
The act of falling back an hour in the fall, and springing ahead an hour in the spring, can lead to so many downsides and society is starting to question its value. The Pros and Cons of Daylight Savings show proof that skipping ahead an hour is a risk for one’s health, which is a pretty influential impact. On the Monday and Tuesday after it happens in the spring when we lose an hour, the risk for a heart attack increases by 10%…yikes.
Even our hearts realise DST is dumb. Do we finally understand why there are so many car accidents the day after? The day after DST in the spring is also one of the most sleep deprived days of the year, and workplaces all around the world say that it is one of the slowest work days. Now, there are barely any pros to this argument, and the cons outnumber the pros, and that’s when you start to question the purpose of the event. Statistics show that 33% of Americans think it is worth the effort, 48% do not, and 19% really don’t care.
If 48% of Americans (almost half!) think it’s too much work, and not worth the effort, then why doesn’t the government just abolish DST? If this puts our lives at risk of a heart attack and car accidents, why do we have this? It has way more downsides than benefits.