It’s time to make a decision about Daylight Savings Time.

A clock.

A clock.

Benjamin Franklin is the man responsible for the original idea of Daylight Savings Time. It was an economic idea at the time meant to save candle wax by keeping people awake during more hours that the sun was out, so that they would stay awake less when the sun went down. From there, it became a global occurrence focused on giving people more light in the evenings. From surveys conducted in the past, particularly in Australia in 1976, 68% of people surveyed liked Daylight Savings Time because of the longer summer evenings.

 

However, like all things, they change. Daylight Savings Time, in many people’s eyes, has lost its usefulness and is now more of a bother than anything else. A poll from late 2019 determined that 71% of Americans want to change Daylight Savings Time. If so many Americans want to change this ritual, why does it still exist? The problem, however, is that this 71% isn’t a united front on how Daylight Savings Time should be updated.

 

This 71% further splits into 31% who want Daylight Savings Time all year and 40% who want Standard Time all year. I believe, Standard Time should be the year round clock. The reason for this is due to the effect that Spring Forward has on people, not from an annoyance standpoint, but from a health-based one. When the clocks move forward in the spring, the chance of car accidents rises. On top of that, health issues  especially as they relate to the cardiovascular system, increase. This problem is notably non-existent when we move backward in the fall, which is Standard Time. Despite the split in opinion, the majority are in favor of changing the situation, and of that majority, most favor changing to Standard Time.

 

One problem we can see is that this was attempted once before, back in 1974. Daylight Savings Time became a year round thing, due to an energy crisis that year, which created the Emergency Daylight Savings Time Act. The problem is that once again, as people tend to do, they could not make up their minds and didn’t like it. Due to this, Daylight Savings reverted back to what it was, and still is today.

 

Despite this past failure, however, it has been forty-five years since this issue has been under serious debate. With the dissatisfaction around this practice echoing throughout the United States, the time has arrived for a change to be made, and that change should be to do away with Daylight Savings Time and make Standard Time the normal practice.