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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Daylight Saving Time

On November 1 Daylight Saving Time ended and clocks fell back one hour. Did you know Benjamin Franklin was the first to develop Daylight Savings Time? He also happens to be the author of the proverb "early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. It was used to allow farmers and other to have an extra hour of daylight before they had to retire for the day.
Daylight Saving Time is basically when clocks are advanced one hour during the summertime (although the exact time amount varies from country to country) so that afternoons will have more daylight, thus creating more time for people to spend outside. This practice allows  those that spend much time outside to exploit the extra daylight hours and allows retail stores to increase their profits what with more daytime hours and more customers. Also, traffic accidents rarer as the sun is still out when most are driving home during rush hour and the use of electrical lights are supposed to be reduced.
Why do we need Daylight Saving Time anymore? It may be useful in agricultural communities, but with all our urbanization, there is barely any use for it anymore. Some find it quite hard to adapt to a new sleep shedule and Daylight Saving Time may induce depression for those with seasonal affective disorder. It may be energy efficient to some extent, by once most come home from work they turn on their lights anyway and sometimes people leave their lights on the entire day!

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